Accessible, Equitable Ed & Childcare Solutions!

Come one, come all! Welcome education facilitators, childcare providers, families of all income levels, schools, and businesses.

We are all a part of this crazy, mixed up puzzle that we’re going to solve! 

We are in this together.



Due to the pandemic, we now are experiencing a crisis within a crisis. We have let the education and childcare sector fend for themselves for far too long. We must pool all available resources and come together to create sustainable solutions that work for everyone.

If you believe that quality education and childcare should not only be for the privileged few, please show your support with your donation.

Funds will go towards creating Resource Hubs to support families of all income levels with accessible, equitable education, and childcare solutions. We will be connecting families with education resources, childcare options, knowledge sharing forums, and experts to help ensure this generation of children have what they need for a prosperous future. 

By bringing resources to the forefront and stimulating business, we can simultaneously shrink the educational wealth gap AND ensure that parents (especially mothers) do not disappear from the workforce.

EduCare Connections is an innovative solution that puts our society’s future leaders at the forefront by making education and childcare solutions more accessible.

Please help us help children and their families THRIVE!


For Parents…

Are you trying to juggle this all on your own? We understand that a work/life balance will be impossible until you solve the puzzle on how to meet your child’s education and childcare needs. 

We are creating a space to share resources, information and the support you need to manage this all during the pandemic and beyond.

For Education & Childcare Providers…

Are you an education facilitator or a childcare provider? If so, chances are you are now suddenly being asked to be both and you must solve the puzzle on how to go about this.

We are creating a space to share resources, information and the support you need to set yourself up for success and deliver high quality educational support and childcare.

For Businesses...

Are you a business that offers services or products that can support education or childcare needs during this difficult time? Then you are a piece of the puzzle!
We want to put your business front and center!

We invite you to collaborate with us to interact with your customer base in a meaningful way to offer support and raise your brand awareness.


We’re creating a virtual hub that will be accessible nationwide and location specific hubs for as many major metropolitan areas that funding allows! 

Services, Products, and Resources for Everyone

There are a thousand resources out there, but they are on a thousand different sites and difficult to sort through.

On EduCare Connections, businesses with products and services related to education and childcare can showcase in a way that's easy to find.

Parents and Providers can rate and review everything so we can discover the best solutions for our particular situations!

Discussion Forums and Connections

There is no sense in each one of us trying to figure this out each on our own. We can help one another and we’re recruiting experts moderators to our forums! We can make this fun... like a Pinterest of ideas and will award prizes to those who share the highest quality content.

Let’s come together to share struggles, solutions and work together to make resources accessible to families from all income levels to ensure no child is left behind by the widening opportunity (wealth) gap.

We are inviting government, schools and human resource thought leaders to help us create solutions to ensure we serve children from families of every income level. A country that does not care for ALL of its children will ultimately fail.

One-on-One Consulting 

We understand this is all quite complex. There are a lot of moving parts!

Looking for one to one assistance? We’ll put you in touch with an expert that can point you in the right direction or guide you through every step of the way.

In effort to create accessible, equitable solutions for all, our fees will be subsidized for families facing economic hardship.


EduCare Connections is by Via The Village Inc,  a childcare networking platform founded by Emily Louange , a working mother of two committed to making strides toward solving the childcare crisis affecting her family along with millions of others.

Since launching in 2018, Via The Village has connected countless families, nannies and nanny shares and helped members find community. Over the years, Via The Village has established relationships with numerous experts, thought leaders and high quality businesses that can help parents, children and providers through these difficult times.

We are pleased to announce that our nanny expert, Kimberley Benakovich , has accepted the position as EduCare Connections Hub Director as she is so perfectly suited for the role. Kim has her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology, is an endorsed Reading Specialist, Newborn Care Specialist and has worked as both a teacher in addition to working as a nanny for nearly 20 years. She will be overseeing our Forums and recruiting industry experts and thought leaders to help moderate our forums.

Via The Village  is looking to quickly expand our small but mighty team so reach out if you have interest in being an ambassador or possess marketing, design, technical, product/project management or other skills that will help propel our mission forward.


We've already started building. Children are going back to school and families need these resources IMMEDIATELY.

We are looking to raise $55,000 by September 8th so we secure more (wo)man-power to accelerate our timeline and launch EduCare Connections this fall semester.

•12k will go towards branding & design
•15k towards development
•15k marketing
•13k administrative/operating costs & content creation

We will start by launching the nationwide virtual hub and a Chicago-specific hub. Then quickly create hubs for other major metropolitan areas.

Each 10K over our funding goal will allow us to expand into another metro area.

With your donations let us know where you want a hub or if you are an individual or business that wants to get involved!


Thank you in advance for your donation and sharing this campaign! Donors will be the first to know when we launch and be offered exclusive deals!

Together we can secure the future not only for an entire generation of children but also for those who employ working parents in their workforces, and the communities who depend on adequately staffed corporations, small businesses and sole proprietorships as economic engines.


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Emily Louange 
Raised $1,405 from 8 donations
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