ABOUT SITTERS STUDIO

ABOUT SITTERS STUDIO

Sitters Studio® was founded in 2006 with the idea that arts matter. We believe it is important to support the artists of today and share art with the next generation. While most of the children we care for will not choose the life of an artist, it is this connection to the arts in youth that will prepare them for productive adult lives.

Sitters Studio® was founded in 2006 with the idea that arts matter. We believe it is important to support the artists of today and share art with the next generation. While most of the children we care for will not choose the life of an artist, it is this connection to the arts in youth that will prepare them for productive adult lives.

Our Artisitters

Sitters Studio® exclusively staffs professional artists as our childcare providers. With extensive childcare experience, our amazing Artisitter® Caregivers pair their training and love of art with their passion for childcare. 
Our Artisitter® Childcare Experience Includes

  • Babysitting
  • Camp Counselor
  • Teaching
  • Daycare Provider
  • Baby Nurse
  • Life Guard

 

Although art is at the core of what we do, safety comes first. Each individual who joins our team of caregivers follows an intensive vetting process, including:

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Our Artisitters

Sitters Studio® exclusively staffs professional artists as our childcare providers. With extensive childcare experience, our amazing Artisitter® Caregivers pair their training and love of art with their passion for childcare. 
Our Artisitter® Childcare Experience Includes

  • Babysitting
  • Camp Counselor
  • Teaching
  • Daycare Provider
  • Baby Nurse
  • Life Guard

 

Although art is at the core of what we do, safety comes first. Each individual who joins our team of caregivers follows an intensive vetting process, including:

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Interviews

On average, we accept 1 out of approximately 75 applicants. All applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience to be considered and pass several interviews, which include situational questions to see how they would reason through difficult childcare situations. If they pass these interviews we require them to provide at least 3 childcare references from non-family members for whom they have provided child care.

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Interviews

On average, we accept 1 out of approximately 75 applicants. All applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience to be considered and pass several interviews, which include situational questions to see how they would reason through difficult childcare situations. If they pass these interviews we require them to provide at least 3 childcare references from non-family members for whom they have provided child care.

Reference Checks

After the interviews, Artisitter® provider candidates undergo three 18-point reference checks. Each of the references must be childcare related, and cannot be provided by family members. In addition to answering 18 questions about the candidate, references must speak highly of the candidate’s character, and verify a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience.

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Reference Checks

After the interviews, Artisitter® provider candidates undergo three 18-point reference checks. Each of the references must be childcare related, and cannot be provided by family members. In addition to answering 18 questions about the candidate, references must speak highly of the candidate’s character, and verify a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience.

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Background Checks

Artisitter® Caregivers must agree to a background check under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). For more information on our background check provider please visit http://www.hireright.com/.

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Background Checks

Artisitter® Caregivers must agree to a background check under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). For more information on our background check provider please visit http://www.hireright.com/.

History & Philosophy

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?””

~HOWARD IKEMOTO


 

How Arts Improve Child Development:

  1. Encouraging Self Expression
  2. Increasing Motor Skills
  3. Developing Problem Solving
  4. Encouraging Creativity

We hope that through Sitters Studio® we create a community where people can support artists and artists can enrich children and society will better for it.

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History & Philosophy

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?””

~HOWARD IKEMOTO


 

How Arts Improve Child Development:

  1. Encouraging Self Expression
  2. Increasing Motor Skills
  3. Developing Problem Solving
  4. Encouraging Creativity

We hope that through Sitters Studio® we create a community where people can support artists and artists can enrich children and society will better for it.

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Kinwise Matching

Kinwise is a proprietary matching system developed over the past 10 years at Sitters Studio. Using our extensive data on caregiver/family pairings, we analyzed which pairings were successful and why. Then we created a full matching system that enables us to find caregivers who are great fits for families on a moment’s notice. When enrolling with Sitters Studio, each family is asked a series of questions that help us identitfy their personality and style. From there, Kinwise takes over and helps us cultivate your perfect caregiving team.

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Kinwise Matching

Kinwise is a proprietary matching system developed over the past 10 years at Sitters Studio. Using our extensive data on caregiver/family pairings, we analyzed which pairings were successful and why. Then we created a full matching system that enables us to find caregivers who are great fits for families on a moment’s notice. When enrolling with Sitters Studio, each family is asked a series of questions that help us identitfy their personality and style. From there, Kinwise takes over and helps us cultivate your perfect caregiving team.

Office Staff

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Kristina Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Kristina had always dreamed of being a performer, but her love of children has been a constant throughout her life. She has volunteered her services to children as a “safety town” counselor, a D.A.R.E. role model, a band teacher, and as a Big Sister for BBBS of New York. She spent over 5 years in the financial industry before deciding to use her new found business skills mixed with love of art to start Sitters Studio. She earned her B.M. at NYU and her M.M. at OCU and now lives and performs in New York City. Visit her blog She’s Kris Crossing!
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'Harold and the Purple Crayon' by Crockett Johnson
Meghan Beach

Director of Human Resources

Meghan graduated with an MA from the New School for Social Research with a focus in Neuropsychology. She worked directly with a prominent pediatric psychiatrist where she learned the complexities of childhood development and the connections it has to adult pathology. Searching to find ways to combine her love of psychology and the arts, Meghan began researching music and visual perception. Specifically, she published articles on the relaxing effects of classical music on eating behavior.
Stringbean's Trip To The Shining Sea by Vera B. Williams
Nicole LoGatto

Client Services

Nicole LoGatto-Sapp has been professionally working in music and entertainment for many years. She graduated from Marist College in 2003 with a B.A. in Communications, with a concentration in Radio/TV/Film, and double minored in Painting and Fiction Writing. During her formative years, Nicole learned to play the trumpet, bass, and guitar and has mastered the art of drawing with pencil and painting with acrylic. Nicole has worked for some of the biggest names in media such as Capitol, Virgin, Blue Note Records, MTV, and McCann Worldgroup. She has had the great fortune of helping many musical acts small and large expand their reach, and get their music licensed on Viacom Network TV, and in Coca Cola brand commercials.
"Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney
Courtney Ellis

Artisitter Liaison

Courtney Ellis has seen all sides of Sitters Studio. After being an Artisitter® for five years, Courtney has been transitioning to Sitters Studio office life! She brings a unique perspective to operations here and is a great resource to both sitters and staff alike. Courtney is an Actor/Singer from Ewing, NJ. She received her B.A. in Theory and Performance from Hampton University, and her M.F.A. in Acting from Columbia University. In addition to Courtney’s background as a childcare provider, she also has experience working with young children in a theatrical setting. She has conducted acting workshops with the Girl Scouts of America, and volunteered for the Young Hampton Players. She has a strong belief that incorporating the arts into a child’s life helps develop a healthy imagination and general everyday happiness.
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Jaimie Van Dyke

Office Manager

Jaimie Van Dyke, originally from Seattle, has been facilitating the arts in New York City for eight years. As a stage manager, Jaimie believes that her role in the arts is to facilitate, organize, and simplify the inner workings of productions in order to give performers an environment that encourages creativity. A graduate of Hunter College, Jaimie has also interned with the Williamstown Theatre Company, toured Albania, Kosova, and Macedonia with a bi-lingual experimental play, Doruntine, and received the 2010 Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Stage Manager.
'Raspberry One' by Charles Ferry
Jason Jeunnette

Director of Information Systems

With a background in lighting design and the arts, Jason is proud to use his production experience as Vice President – Operations of Sitters Studio, the artistic childcare agency. Before joining Sitters Studio he toured the world with dance, theater, and opera companies, including the band Altan and the Broadway show “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me”; worked with Jack Morton Worldwide on large corporate conferences; and designed architectural lighting for Buro Happold and Kugler Ning Lighting Design. Jason received his B.F.A. from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and his M.F.A. from Parsons The New School for Design, School of Constructed Environments.

Advisory Board

Patrick Mortimer

Finance

Patrick retired from Wall Street in June of 2011 after a 27 year career. Patrick, spent the majority of his career at Morgan Stanley in the Prime Brokerage Division. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1986 after two years at Bradford Trust Company. Pat helped establish Morgan Stanley as the leading provider of Hedge Fund Services. Pat started his career at Morgan Stanley covering clients and overseeing technology development for the most complex and demanding investors. Pat was a key driver of innovation in Prime Brokerage including an offshore administration business plan, multi asset class service platform and applying six sigma principles to scale the rapidly growing business. Pat was appointed head of the U.S. Prime Brokerage business in 2006 and became a member of the U.S. equity division operating committee and over saw all business functions including Capital Solutions and Hedge Fund Sales. Pat has published articles regarding hedge fund technology and pioneered the first Hedge Fund CFO conference.
Pat is a sarcoma and colon cancer survivor and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sarcoma Foundation of America. He resides in Bayville, NY with his two children.
Paul Pickett

VP of franchise Development, Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

With a passion for both helping people realize their dream of self-employment and promoting the importance of connecting people and nature, Paul has over 23 years experience in all aspects of Franchise Development, assisting new franchisees through our approval process, evaluating the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise opportunity, writing Business Plans, obtaining financing and the site selection process. Additionally, he assists existing Wild Birds Unlimited franchisees with exit strategies and all of their site selection and lease negotiation needs. Paul has a BS and MS in Biology, with an emphasis on Ornithology, from the University of North Dakota. Paul also is a partial owner of two coffee shops and a commercial kitchen that assists food entrepreneurs in realizing their dream of self-employment.
Matt Toback

Founder, Capacity

Having been lucky to grow up with the internet, Matt started his career as an 18 year old CFO of a global managed hosting provider, Voxel dot Net. From inception in 1999, he managed the financial operations through years of double-digit growth, lived the emotional startup sine wave, and eventually learned that some men (not him) are better suited for finance. After the first capital raise, he took the reigns as CEO of Ubersmith, a wholly owned subsidiary, specifically focusing on product design, development and revenue growth, until a successful exit to Internap (NASDAQ: INAP) in 2011. Getting closer to the things that make him happy, Matt now runs the UX team at Internap. Armed with both designers and developers, the team is creating the new look, feel and experience of customer-facing tools and interactions across the entire organization. Wish him luck.
Cynthia Young

Leadership Advisement Consultant

Cynthia spent much of her career at Southwest Airlines, where she served in a succession of leadership roles focused on labor and employee relations, communication, and the delivery of internal and external customer service. Her key responsibilities in each role included leadership and communications coaching as well as identifying and solving challenges that affected the company’s unique culture. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas and sits on the board for City House (Plano, TX).

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