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More work spaces for parents

Work & Lifestyle

We’ve covered a number of work space concepts in the past, including New York-based TwoRooms, which lets parents work while their children play. Now Cubes&Crayons is offering a similar service to the hardworking parents of Silicon Valley. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Cubes&Crayons offers flexible office space, community and child care for self-employed or freelance workers with young children between 3 months and 5 years old. A variety of work spaces are available at the site, including conference rooms and overstuffed chairs, and extra services such as printing, faxing and filing space are also available. The facility is open weekdays from 8 to 5, and parents can take advantage of its wireless-enabled office space and child care on a full-time, part-time or drop-in basis. Those who become members can make advance reservations by phone or online, as well as having priority for drop-in hours. Membership is USD 149 annually, with combined office and child-care rates starting at USD 13 per hour. Members are also required to donate three to four volunteer hours per month for up to 20 hours a week of use, or six to eight hours per month for up to 40 hours of use each week. Non-member rates for office and child care begin at USD 21 per hour. Cubes&Crayons also sponsors workshops and events focused on work and family topics. As unconventional work schedules become increasingly common, demand for new, more flexible office and child-care options will only increase. It’s no surprise initiatives like this popped up first in New York and Silicon Valley, but who will bring freedom and flexibility to self-employed parents in the rest of the world…? Spotted by: CityMama via Leigh Carreira



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