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Helpr is marketplace for screened and curated babysitters in the Los Angeles area. The founders are Kasey Edwards and Becka Klauber Richter.

Helpr is used by many startups to offer free or subsidized Child care as a benefit to employees.


In 2007, while Kasey Edwards and Becka Klauber Richter were studying at University of California, Santa Barbara they started a nanny agency called University Sitters. The company matches screen child care providers in California, particularly those are either attending college or recently graduated, with families in need of helpers.

When they realized there was a huge demand for babysitters, they scaled their businesses by creating a technological platform and leveraged it for parents to make it more accessible.

How Helpr Works


To use Helpr, parents need to:

  1. Download the app and insert all their needed family information.

  2. Book an appointment (whether it is on-demand or in advance)

Once the job request has been put through, the Helpr app connects you with a babysitter; the parent sees the sitter's profile, her photo, and a video.

If it is not a great fit for the parent, they can always cancel and re-book.

Every time a parent books a request, a past sitter will be requested first so that there is consistency and rapport between the two parties.


For babysitters, it was required for people to have an in-person interview.

They will then follow up with background checks, CPR certifications, and they will check their references.

Helpr looks specifically for potential role models with bright futures, good communication skills, and interacts well with children.


Each babysitter gets charged at least $21 per hour for one child; the rates go up by an additional dollar for every additional hour.

If parents book within 8 hours of the start time, there is a 15% premium.

Rates also vary based on location.


Helpr is currently based in Los Angeles. They also offer their services in Santa Barbara, Orange County, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

They will be offering the app in Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Seattle soon.


Citation Linkitunes.apple.comDownload the Helpr app!
Jan 4, 2016, 9:57 PM
Citation Linklamag.comInterview with Helpr founders Kasey Edwardsand Becka Klauber Richteron their "Female Founders LA" organization.They discuss the founding of the group along with Mendfounder Ellen Huerta.
Aug 27, 2015, 8:44 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comHelpr's Primary Facebook page.
Jul 28, 2015, 7:27 PM
Citation Linkbizjournals.comHelpr is a digital village of support for parents.Screened sitters on-demand is live in LA, OC, and Santa Barbara.
Jan 15, 2016, 10:46 PM
Citation Linkinstagram.comHelpr on Instagram - cute photos of the children they be tending!
Aug 27, 2015, 8:46 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comKasey Edwards on KLTAtalking about Helpr
Sep 22, 2017, 8:00 PM
Citation Linkuniversitysitters.comUniversity Sitters' About Us page
Sep 22, 2017, 8:11 PM
Citation Linkhelpr-app.comHelpr App website
Sep 22, 2017, 8:20 PM
Citation Linktwitter.comHelpr's Twitter
Sep 22, 2017, 9:12 PM
Citation Linkocregister.com" Baby sitter on demand: Helpr app connects parents to child care" (via OC Register)
Sep 22, 2017, 9:16 PM
Citation Linkfastcompany.comHelpr is mentioned in the Fast Companymagazine "Could "Social Justice Benefits" Be The Newest Employment Trend?"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:33 PM
Citation Linkinc.comHelpr is featured in Inc. Magazine: "The Truth About the Most Effective Office Perks"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:34 PM
Citation Linkentrepreneur.comHelpr is mentioned in Entrepreneur: "The World on Demand: 23 Startups That Deliver Everything From Sexy Man Servants to Marijuana"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:36 PM
Citation Linkhuffingtonpost.comHelpr is mentioned in Huffington Post: "Why Politics, Parents, And Startups Are Gearing Up For Affordable Child Care"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:42 PM
Citation Linkapresgroup.comHelpr was mentioned in Apres Group: "Why Back-Up Childcare Offerings Should Be On Your Radar"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:42 PM
Citation Linkktla.comKTLAarticle: "Helpr Delivers a Babysitter To Your Door, On Demand"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:44 PM
Citation Linkrd.comHelpr is mentioned in the Reader's Digestarticle, "12 Ways to Find a Babysitter You Trust to Watch Your Children"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:45 PM
Citation Linkforbes.comHelpr mentioned in the Forbesarticle, "Ten Mobile Apps Mom Will Love This Mother's Day"
Sep 22, 2017, 9:47 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comKasey Edwards talks about Helpr on CleverTap
Sep 23, 2017, 12:29 AM
Citation Linkuniversitysitters.comUniversity Sitters website
Sep 22, 2017, 8:09 PM