Family Village, Co-op Space For Families With Unique Child Care Solution

By Karen Antonacci
Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The idea behind “Family Village” is to provide a new space for parents — and especially moms — to spend a few hours, take a class, use the WiFi and have their children supervised. The company will run on a cooperative model, sidestepping requirements for child care licensing by requiring parents to stay on-site and be reachable by cell.

Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.

In 2016, Longmont resident Melanie Piazza found herself in an impossible situation and was about to come apart at the seams.

Piazza had a toddler daughter and an infant son and she was trying to provide end-of-life care for her mom, who was sick.

“I was a new resident of Longmont and I didn’t have a network of people to connect with,” Piazza said. “I just thought that it’s not right for it to be this challenging to be a parent and if something terrible happens and you haven’t built that village around you, you’re just stuck.”

During that time, she found refuge at Family Garden, a nonprofit family resource center that offered birth classes, yoga classes and support groups. But when Family Garden closed, Piazza felt it left her without a place to go and she decided to create her own facility.

Piazza plans to open Family Village at 350 Terry St. in June in the first floor of the co-working space CoSolve.

The idea behind the business is to provide a space for parents — and especially moms — to spend a few hours, take a class, use the WiFi and have their children supervised.

Her plan is unique in two aspects — it would run on the cooperative model and she would sidestep requirements for child care licensing by requiring parents to stay on-site and be reachable by cell.

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