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Daycare IQ helps Calgary parents make the smart choice for childcare

Website aims to simplify finding inspection data and registering kids

Craig Pearce and Brandon Parsons drew upon their own experiences as parents to create DaycareIQ.com.

Courtesy Craig Pearce

Craig Pearce and Brandon Parsons drew upon their own experiences as parents to create DaycareIQ.com.

When Craig Pearce was searching for a day home for his daughter, he found he was inundated with forms – often 20 pages long, all required to be filled out by hand, just to get his one-year-old on a waitlist. This experience led Pearce to create his start up Daycare IQ, with co-founder Brandon Parsons.

“When we started doing some research, we saw that every daycare, preschool and day home has a different process, different forms, different fees and some you even need to fax in,” said Pearce.

DaycareIQ.com aims to place all of Calgary’s daycares, preschools and day homes on a map, and allows you to search for the nearest one to your home based on your child’s age group. The website also provides information on accreditation and incident reports.

“We’re the only site out there that has the inspection data,” said Pearce. “That stuff is on the provincial website, but you have to flip back and forth between pages to get it. We put it all together so it’s really easy to find out if this place is doing well or not doing well.”

The next step for Pearce and Parsons to get more daycares on board, so that parents only need to fill out one form and can submit to multiple locations.

Daycare IQ has also launched an app for Apple devices.

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