SAN DIEGO, California – March 3, 2020 (source: PRNewswire)
Today, TOOTRiS announced the opening of its new headquarters in Sorrento Valley, a move to accommodate the company’s rapidly expanding team and help sustain its recent growth in the Child Care space.
TOOTRiS, re-locating from the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, helps parents access and pay-as-they-go for high-quality Child Care based on their unique needs, such as their schedule, family income and workplace location, to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early childhood education. Its Sorrento Valley headquarters, which will grow to 40 employees in 2020, will also include a state-of-the-art Family Child Care showroom exhibit. The office will be at 6170 Cornerstone Court East in the new 40,000 square-foot Cornerstone Plaza building.
There is a 44% shortage of available Child Care slots for children ages 0-5 of working families, and this shortage is only getting worse. When parents don’t have access to quality Child Care, it directly impacts the workforce, especially women who often opt out or significantly reduce their time at work. Employers are losing $4.4 billion annually due to Child Care-related absenteeism. TOOTRiS is changing that, making high-quality Child Care available, affordable and on-demand, helping working families thrive, and investing in the workforce of the future.
“Child Care is a significant sector of the economy and needs support to meet the growing and ever changing demand, but looking to federal, state and local governments alone to solve the problem isn’t the answer; technology and rethinking our approach is,” said Alessandra Lezama, Founder and CEO of TOOTRiS. “Parents who have affordable and available high-quality Child Care have peace of mind, which means they’re more productive, absent from work less, and will stay with their company longer. Children who attend quality Child Care are proven to have greater success in school, at work and overall be greater contributors to their communities as adults. With a mission of solving the Child Care crisis, our new headquarters allows us to bring our employees together in the technology hub of San Diego, while providing ample room as we continue to hire top industry talent and quickly scale the company. Just like our platform provides parents, providers and employers with a great experience, making this move will improve efficiency and collaboration while providing an exceptional environment for our team to work and thrive.”
The new headquarters will showcase the TOOTRiS Quality Child Care Environment Blueprint, designed by Child Care industry veterans as a turnkey solution for providers looking to start their own Family Child Care program. This model will outline to prospective providers how to design, operate and grow their quality Child Care and early education programs. Child-safe furniture options and decorating ideas will be displayed in addition to dedicated learning spaces such as a literacy corner, block areas, and group play settings. Having a well-designed layout is one of the greatest tools for building the perfect environment for learning and development, and the TOOTRiS model will ensure that providers have the know-how and necessary resources to set up and operate a safe, fun, and educational program for children.
“The leadership team of TOOTRiS has had multiple successful technology ventures in southern California over the past 2 decades creating more than 2,000 jobs for our region,” noted David Marino, Co-founder and EVP of commercial real estate firm Hughes Marino. “San Diego’s culture of innovation is ideal for ground-breaking organizations, and we’re thrilled to have represented an inspiring company like TOOTRiS in finding their new home, joining the neighborhood’s growing class of technology companies.”
TOOTRiS will announce its grand ribbon-cutting ceremony later this spring, which will be attended by San Diego officials, Child Care directors, regional partners and Child Care advocates.