We Know This is A Big Deal.And We Know What We're Doing.
The following story is a true one, known all too well by parents all over the world.
The phone rang. It was the babysitter that she booked weeks ago for her dinner tonight. The sitter cancelled with a really flimsy excuse. She continued to do the thousand things she was already doing (because she is a parent and couldn’t just stop doing things) and also added “calling every babysitter stored in her phone to see if she could pull off a miracle,” to her list. Everyone was booked or they didn’t call back.
She called neighbors, bribed friends, debated if her 4 and 6 year old could cook their own dinner and get themselves to bed, tried to reschedule dinner… And then she cancelled her dinner plans. And stayed home.
In May 2010, Tori got six of these “every babysitter stored in your phone” calls in one night. But she was already working and couldn’t help. She knew there had to be a better way.
That evening, Chicago Super Sitters was born.
Parenting is tough and everyone deserves a break.
There should be a human connection when looking for childcare.
About Tori, Founder of Chicago Super Sitters
Tori Ulrich is the original Super Sitter and founder of Chicago Super Sitters.
After an early teenage ‘career’ in childcare and moving to Chicago in 2005, she became a sitter and nanny for multiple families. It was while working with these families and seeing the struggles they faced when she wasn’t available, that Chicago Super Sitters became a reality.
Tori spent her teenage years in foster care and has seen first hand how love, personalized care, and one-on-one attention can make all the difference for a child at any age. She has dedicated her life to making sure parents feel heard, respected, and safe, and that childcare providers feel the same. Tori knows first hand that the relationship between a family and babysitter can be an amazing one, and she works every day to create these special relationships for others.
Tori has worked with hundreds of families in Chicagoland and is a leader and mentor for sitters, and a consistent comfort for parents and families. Through her dedicated work in the community she has recognized what an ever-growing need there is for a service like Chicago Super Sitters, and continues to expand services and add options to make it easy and safe for everyone.
Jesse Zeidman – Placements Coordinator
Jesse began as a Super Sitter herself in 2015 and after working in homes as a nanny, a sitter, and everything in between, Jesse joined the CSSitters office staff in 2017.
Jesse moved to Chicago in the summer of 2012 after graduating from Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theater. She has trained in improv and sketch comedy at the Second City and is an active member of the Chicago music improv community. Growing up on Long Island spending much of her youth in Manhattan, Jesse finds Chicago to be the perfect combination of big city and suburban life that makes her feel at home.
With more than 15 years of childcare experience, Jesse has seen it all with kids of every age, from newborns to teenagers (new parents have even been known to ask her for tips and tricks!). She has worked with a number of families long term since arriving in Chicago in 2012 and still sees many of the kiddos she’s has a hand in raising, regularly. You may even have an opportunity to see her in your home as she still sits for CSSitters families occasionally.
With her theatrical background, her love of kids, and her experience of having worked with so many families, Jesse brings a unique understanding and approach to each CSSitters parent/sitter match.
Jordan Fleming – Sitter Hiring Coordinator
Jordan joined the CSSitters staff in early 2019 after working as sitter, nanny, and as a staff member of another respected childcare agency in Chicago. We are thrilled to welcome her expertise, talent, and unique eye in finding the perfect Super Sitters to add to our roster.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina Jordan moved to Chicago in 2010 after graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in theatre. She has worked as stage manager and house manager with several regional theatres throughout Chicago, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, and is the current House Manager for Porchlight Music Theatre.
The oldest of four kids, she became the de-facto babysitter for her siblings which led to working for neighborhood families as a sporadic sitter and summer nanny. She continued working in childcare as a substitute preschool teacher, date night sitter, and was lucky enough to get to nanny two amazing kiddos for almost eight years. She has worked with all ages from infants to pre-teens and can handle it all. With her more than a decade in the childcare business, there is very little Jordan hasn’t seen.
Jordan’s energy, experience, and professional approach to the business of sitter hiring ensures we are only adding the best of the best to our sitter roster.
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