4 Things to Know about Dad-Founded Child Care Provider Vivvi - Sound Shore Moms of Westchester

Charlie Bonello and Ben Newton

Have you heard about Vivvi, the new child care option rapidly expanding throughout New York City— and soon into Westchester County? Founded by two dads, Charlie Bonello and Ben Newton, Vivvi offers flexible, high quality child care and early learning—and will be opening their newest location in Hartsdale later this year. Vivvi Hartsdale will offer two floors of light-filled classrooms and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor space and playground. The location can accommodate up to 100 children, ages 6 weeks through 5 years.

Charlie, a Westchester resident and father of three young children, plans to enroll his own children at the new Vivvi location. “I know firsthand that Westchester is a great place to grow both a family and a career. Vivvi’s investment in this community underscores our commitment to bring high-quality care and learning to as many working parents as we can.” 

Here are a few things parents should know about Vivvi:

Vivvi Combines the Best of Child Care and Early Learning
The Vivvi Learning Model is all about fostering creativity, with play-based learning happening at even the youngest of ages. Vivvi teachers are experts in early childhood education; many even have Masters degrees and expertise in a range of disciplines. “Our bright, open spaces encourage play and exploration, and our experienced and trained teachers draw on their knowledge of child development to encourage children to seek the answers to their own questions,” says Charlie. 

Vivvi Supports Working Parents
If parents—often moms—don’t have access to reliable, affordable childcare, their ability to work is immediately impacted—and often results in moms leaving the workforce. “Too often, working parents—especially mothers—are forced to make heartbreaking decisions to downshift or leave their careers altogether,” Bonello has said. Vivvi’s schools were built with working parents in mind; all of their locations are open from 7am-7pm, providing parents with the flexibility to drop off and pick up their children before and after work. Vivvi Hartsdale will be just 5 minutes from the Hartsdale commuter rail stop on the Metro-North, making it a valuable resource for working parents commuting into NYC. 

Flexibility is at the Heart of Vivvi’s Model
Through flexible enrollment options, hours and child care solutions, Vivvi offers truly custom plans for families. In the New York City locations (and soon to be Westchester!), “campuses” are open 7am-7pm, and they offer year-round programming, Monday to Friday. Parents can choose 2, 3 or 5 day programs—perfect for part-time moms or those with a flexible schedule. 

Vivvi Spaces Bring Child Care to the Next Level
When you walk into Vivvi, you’ll find a different experience than you might see at other child care providers. Each space has been purposefully designed for people 4 feet and below, with learning and development opportunities all around. Vivvi spaces are open layout and light-filled, and each features a “Wiggle Room,” where children can work on gross motor development and get their wiggles out! 

To learn more about Vivvi and their upcoming Westchester option, visit Vivvi’s website and follow their Instagram

This post is sponsored by Vivvi. 



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