Parents who work from home with their children sometimes have trouble getting it done while little ones are hanging off their arms or vying with the laptop for their attention.
The Village at Sospeso is a pop up co-working space with childcare created for and by work-at-home parents who need a minute to make a phone call, return an email, write that paper for school or just catch up with a friend over coffee without kids hanging off their necks or sitting at their feet begging for attention.
Events to a T, the event planning and consulting company founded by Tracy Leaman, has partnered with Mediterranean-inspired all day spot Sospeso (1344 H St. NE) and event childcare providers Nannytainment to create the co-working events, which take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday mornings starting Sept. 13.
Events to a T founder Tracy Leaman said the idea was born of her own experience. The youngest of her two children just started school this year, and she knows the joys of trying to work from home with the kids.
At The Village at Sospeso, parents can co-work on the main floor of the café while their children are cared for by licensed childcare professionals on the second floor. NannyTainment will provide a full program of entertainment for children up to the age of 5 years old. Sospeso will provide a Stumptown drip coffee and a scone with the price of the ticket. Tickets are $25 for the first child, and $12.50 for any additional kids.
Leaman said, “As a mom of two energetic young children, I’m thrilled to collaborate with other female entrepreneurs to host these events for fellow parents. Parenting is hard, if we can make a mom or dad’s life a little bit easier for a couple of hours then we’ve succeeded in what we want to do here.”
Leaman added that if the planned dates are successful, Events to a T hopes to add additional dates and venues. She said that one idea is to have co-working events on school in-service days that would also provide childcare for children older than five. “It could definitely expand to something larger,” she said. “There’s been a very positive response so far.”
Tickets for the events, currently scheduled for the mornings of September 13th, 20th, 27th and October 4th, are available online through Eventbrite.