More than 130 families took part in Oral Roberts University's annual nanny fair that pairs current students with parents in need of child care.
The program, which began in 2009, has grown to fill a large lobby inside of the Christ Chapel on the campus of ORU and this year the format was changed to accommodate all participants.
ORU alum and new mom, Natalie Glesener, says she has known of the fair since graduating and had no doubt about taking part after her daughter was born.
“This is perfect for being able to weed out somebody who is neutral, who is not your family, who is not your friend's family. But also, somebody who understands child development a little bit,” Glesener said.
Families interviewed students under a speed dating format where students moved from table to table speaking with parents about their qualifications and interests.
However, each interview lasted only five minutes and both families and students where matched up based on schedule as well as need.
Second year student, Ashley Sartain, earned a position working with a family who attended the nanny fair in 2015 and says the program is worth while because it prepares students for the professional world.
“ The mom that I babysat for, she is in the same as me, psychology. And so just being able to talk with them about my future with kids and development with them. It just helps to get you name around,” Sartain said.
The ORU nanny fair will return in the fall of 2017.
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