bloom CHILDCARE + COWORKING

bloom CC + CO provides childcare + a work space community for the cities of Bloomfield, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley + Verona.

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Project Ends on January 8, 2019

Project Description

Families with very young children find themselves head-to-head with the issue of returning to work after their children are born.  For most of us the options on the table are:  one parent back-burners their career to stay home or you enroll your child(ren) in traditional childcare for 30+ hours weekly.  

bloom CH+ CO has one overarching mission: 
give families choices.  

Our spaces offer flexible childcare and coworking options designed for families and local movers and shakers seeking a workspace outside of their home.  We are all on the hunt for meaningful connections.  bloom offers families two critical components to making it all work - community and flexibility.  

We believe in the economic advancement and empowerment of family units. bloom CC + CO is interested in likeminded investors who can help make our idea, space, and community stronger. 
 


WHAT WE OFFER
bloom CC + CO is a thoughtfully-designed, distraction-free space for work and play in Bloomfield, NJ offering services families, entrepreneurs, creatives and self-starters want and need, making it easy for them to be their best selves.  Think of bloom like this:

  • A place to work and bring your child.  Your professional self will feel a sense of security because you are physically close to your child, allowing for deeper of productivity.
  • A place for your child to grow.  As parents, we know how important it is that our children have opportunities to explore, build friendships, and develop trust with other caring adults.  bloom offers flexible, yet consistent, schedules for your little one to do all of the above in a beautiful and rich space.
  • A place to dream it and do it.  The community of freelancers, artists, PR, tech and HR professionals, professors and students working at bloom grows every week!  Moving from your home (...and laundry) or favorite coffee place (without your little), to an environment designed for productivity is inspiring.  Invest in yourself by taking a look at our amenities and coworking memberships!  

 

THE SPACES
We're creating a physical space for our local community to work, meet, and grow their businesses and skills.  Many of our families have young children.  We are building partnerships to make life run a bit more smoothly.  Key amenities and aesthetic include:

  • Art and decor from tons of local artists and makers
  • Space to connect with bloom members or to host clients, stand alone desks, private conference rooms and workspaces
  • Designated Amazon drop off location
  • Free dry-cleaning pick up + drop off
  • Onsite CSA + meal pick up from Jessica Alfreds Food
  • Business address availability
  • COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY
  • A fresh rotating selection of treats and beverages
  • A great sound system

     

     
    WORKSHOPS
    bloom CH + CO offers workshops you need to take your business to the next level.  We are growing right along side of you so we've designed our workshop offerings around the things we wish we had during different stages of building our own small business. Workshops will include:

    • Small Business Branding by Carley Storm Video + Photography (Bloomfield, NJ)
    • DIY PR + Marketing by Fluent Video  (Oakland, NJ)
    • Leveraging Social by LWP PR (Montclair, NJ)
    • Lecture series with authors, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs about politics, culture, and art

    • Social mixers

  • Priority access to paid Create + Connect Events hosted by favorites from near and far:
    • Blooms In Hand (Verona, NJ)
    • My Family Treece (Montclair, NJ)
       

    • MEMBERSHIP
      FOUNDING FAMILY MEMBERSHIP ($2400/Term)


      bloom will have the capacity to welcome only 28 families to our community after expansion.  After these spaces have been purchased, registration will be closed, likely through January 2020.  Through iFundWomen, bloom is offering a $320 discount on this limited number of FOUNDING FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS.  Purchasing your membership today secures your space in the new bloom space for either: 
  • Summer 2019 (May - August, two days per week, AM or PM session) 
  • Fall 2019 (September - December, two days per week, AM or PM session). 

    Membership with bloom includes full access to our coworking space, child care groups, services and amenities during operating hours, and base admission to all bloom events and programming. Founding Family Memberships also come with perks like:

    +  One free month of unlimited access to bloom Afternoon  +  Weekend Open Playdates
    +  Access to all base calendar events
    +  25% discount on any space rental (coworking, child's space or a
    combination of both) for personal or professional needs.
    +  Hard Hat Tour before bloom CC + CO officially opens
    +  Two (2) tickets to launch party
    +  Executive coaching for a discounted Founding Members rate

 

COMMUNITY
As a member of bloom you will be welcomed into an active community of families - one we help you connect with in whatever way you need. We facilitate introductions around shared interests and passions (e.g. looking to get into politics, starting your own business, looking to jump to the next stage of your career, etc).

bloom provides a great landing pad and respite for those who are new to our city with organized events and dinners specifically for new residents of Bloomfield, Montclair, and the surrounding areas.  Included in our community benefits are connections to other local organizations and places of business that promote pro-family ethics of local cities.

 


INCUBATOR SCHOLARSHIP 
A cornerstone of bloom's business is our incubator scholarship.  Coordinating and investing in this scholarship enables us to offer memberships to local entrepreneurs, educators, and small business owners in our community who meet specific socioeconomic needs, support our mission to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment, one where families thrive.  Scholarships will be based upon applications and recommendations.

As a founding member you can invite 4 other friends to sponsor a scholar with you and we’ll create a space in your name.

By sponsoring the incubator program, you are funding the following to a community nominated individuals:

  • Fall 2019 bloom CHILDCARE + COWORKING membership for a parent and young child

  • Professional filming, editing and production of a 90 second brand introduction video from Fluent Video

  • Two (2) hours of photography plus editing by small business branding expert Carley Storm Photography

  • Two (2) tickets to bloom's launch party

  • Access to all base workshops

 

BOSS AMENITIES
Our amenities are curated specifically to help you reclaim your time. From dry-cleaning pickup and delivery, to registering your kids for summer camps, helping to schedule home services (e.g cleaning/organization services) to helping you remember personal commitments, to being a designated drop off for Amazon returns - we offer the concierge services you need to stay in Boss mode. We even have a hyper local meal prep service from 
Jessica Alfreds Foods available and  plans are in the works for an onsite fruit and veggie CSA!

As a founding member you can help us craft the specifics of these services and ensure all your needs are covered!

Bathrooms that are always stocked to meet your needs.  The work space includes extra chargers, printers, and the tech to keep your life moving. Of course we also have coffee, tea and other goodies to keep you motivated throughout the day and evening!  As a founding member you also get access to our preferred vendors list and personal introductions to the Partners and Services that keep bloom running.

 

SPACE
To allow our members the chance to built their brand as much as possible, we’re opening our space after 6pm for rental. As a founding member you receive a 25% discount on any space rental for personal or professional needs.

 

WHY CROWDFUNDING?
We explored many different paths to funding bloom CHILDCARE + COWORKING including traditional funding from VCs, investors, and banks. But at the end of the day those options don't reflect our mission of being built by our members.  We believe the power of bloom CC+CO lies with the community so we decided to turn to iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for female founders, to get the job done. Funds secured through our crowdfunding campaign will be used to purchase and build out our physical space, the critical next step for bloom.

 


FOUNDER
bloom CC + CO was founded by local early childhood educator, MSU grad (Master in the Arts of Teaching and Curriculum), and parent Amanda Krochik.  While Amanda climbed the corporate ladder within an international childcare organization after years of teaching and mentoring in the classroom, she came to the realization that the world she was trying to succeed in was not built for those who wanted to prioritize family life without forgoing professional goals.  She decided it was time to offer a new option for families. She is driven by a cause much larger than any person or family - and is setting out to foster a personal and professional haven for our community.

Updates

The Project FAQs

Where is the space? Our space is currently in Bloomfield, NJ and we have plans to grow in the city we love - either Bloomfield or Montclair.  The visuals you see above are a combination of that location and the aesthetic we're building.

What happens if the new space isn't open on on Day ONE of Spring 2019 session?  No worries!  We will push your start date to the first day we are open in the new space.  The dates of the Spring 2019 + Fall 2019 won't change, rather we will credit any additional funds to the following term.  For example, if you purchase a Spring 2019 membership and our 1st day is June 15, we will credit the remaining balance of your funds to the Fall 2019 term.  

What if our family relocates mid-term and we've already pre-purchased a membership?  We strive to understand the complexity of life for families and relocating is part of the package!  If your family moves at any point during the term and you have already purchased a FOUNDING FAMILY MEMBERSHIP to either Sprint 2019 or Fall 2019, we will refund the balance.  In return, we ask that we are privy to your general relocation plans as soon as you are able to let us know.  This way, we can offer a space to the next family on our waiting list! 

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How are the coworking space and children's space separated? The two spaces are in the same structure but have separate entrances and exits.  The children's space can only be accessed by security codes unique to each family member.  We obviously love your littles, however, children are not permitted in the coworking space for reasons of security and safety. 

Are there age requirements for coworking? While bloom CC+CO will sometimes host events that are made for all ages, memberships are only available to adults 21+. 

Are there age requirements for children?  As for the coworking space, we enroll children at 12 weeks of age through 4 years of age.

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Are members allowed to bring guests to bloom CC+CO? Founding members are given two guest passes per month while standard members receive one monthly guest pass. Complimentary guest passes mean you can bring your friends, family, and colleagues to bloom to enjoy quality time and amenities designed specifically to keep you productive!

What are bloom's hours? bloom's normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm.  Saturday open playdate hours will be posted monthly.  Evening programming, rental time and networking events will typically begin at 6pm.

What does an “all access” membership include? Founding Memberships are “all access” meaning they give each member complete access to our space and all basic programming, though additional expenses may be incurred for creative classes/workshops that require supplies. Amenities including concierge services, food, and beverage.

Can I print / ship / scan / receive packages at bloom CC+CO? Yes! We have a printer, a scanner, and a receptionist who will be more than happy to accept your packages. We offer return shipping for UPS/USPS packages with pre-paid return labels. Are there other traditional “office” services or amenities you would like to see? Send us a note: hello@bloomchildcareandcoworking.com 

Are we looking for speakers? Part of the magic of bloom CC+CO is that the members of the space contribute to it. Whether you’re an expert in your field or want to start a group within our space, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at hello@bloomchildcareandcoworking.com

C&P
12/07/2018
Monetary Contribution
$2,500
Baxter family
12/04/2018
Current Families: Founding Family
$2,300
12/03/2018
Connect + Create: My Family Treece
$85
Kaesser Family
11/29/2018
Current Families - FFM (3 days/week)
$3,450
11/26/2018
Monetary Contribution
$2,500
Amber Brosius
11/19/2018
Current Families: Founding Family
$2,300
11/17/2018
Current Families: Founding Family
$2,300
11/17/2018
Current Families: Founding Family
$2,300
Melissa Dat
11/14/2018
Current Families: Founding Family
$2,300
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Building Our Community

Give what you can to support our local community of entrepreneurs, movers, shakers and families!  Your contribution will help us expand this revolutionary space to Bloomfield, New Jersey! We’re easily accessible to the GSP, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Verona, West Caldwell, Nutley, and Clifton - here’s looking at you neighbors!

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$15
Social Media Shoutout

As a thank you for supporting bloom CHILDCARE + COWORKING, we will shout you out on social media!

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$50
bloom CC + CO Spotify Playlists

Get TWO exclusive Spotify playlist chock full of all of the tunes we love to groove to with the littles!  The MOVERS + SHAKERS playlist is perfect for directing energy on one of those days and JUST CHILLING is our collection of favorite Children's Space jams!

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$75
Afternoon Playdate + DIY Coffee Bar

We would love to have you and your little join us for an afternoon playdate!  Complete with DIY coffee bar, community, the best swag, messy fun + ZERO clean up!  BONUS: Free month of weekend playdates when you purchase a playdate membership!

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$75
Weekend Playdate + DIY Coffee Bar

Looking for some weekend morning fun? We would love to have you and your little join us for a Saturday morning playdate!  Complete with coffee, community, the best swag, messy fun + ZERO clean up! BONUS: Free month of weekend playdates when you purchase a playdate membership!

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$85
Connect + Create: My Family Treece

Anna Treece, bloom parent, fiber artist, creator of My Family Treece, and owner of Dumbo Doula (did we mention she has two littles?!) will host a twilight event for grown ups only.  Anna will walk you through designing and building the dreamiest dream catcher.  bloom will provide treats, adult libations and an relaxing craft space!  

We will host two dates, and cap each session at 18 crafters.  

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$500
Generous Human

Get listed on our site, and promoted all over our socials, as a Generous Human!

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$1,500
Growth Mindset

+ Three hour rental of coworking space 
+ Includes sensory retreat + open play (two hours max.) for up to 12 children 

 

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$2,300
Current Families: Founding Family

+ .Priority membership for Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 term (four months. ​​​two days a week)

+  One free month of unlimited access to bloom Afternoon + Weekend  Open Playdates

+  Access to all base calendar events

+  50% discount on any space rental (coworking, child's space or a combination of both) for personal or professional needs.

+  Hard Hat Tour before bloom CC + CO officially opens

+  2 tickets to launch party

5 Supporters
None available
$3,450
Current Families - FFM (3 days/week)

+ Priority membership for Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 term (four months. ​​​three days a week)

+  One free month of unlimited access to bloom Afternoon + Weekend  Open Playdates

+  Access to all base calendar events

+  50% discount on any space rental (coworking, child's space or a combination of both) for personal or professional needs.

+  Hard Hat Tour before bloom CC + CO officially opens

+  2 tickets to launch party

1 Supporter
None available
$5,000
Industry Exclusive Partnership

+  12 month sponsorship space for the cost of 6 months.  
+  Work with us one on one to formulate a custom sponsorship campaign
+  Exclusive sponsorship in your industry category  

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$10,000
Fall 2019 Community Incubator

This support tier is for individuals or businesses passionate about promoting and sustaining equitable opportunities for local entrepreneurs, educators, and small business owners in our local community.  

By sponsoring the incubator program, you are funding the following to a community nominated individual who meets specific criteria including childcare and socioeconomic needs:

  • Fall 2019 bloom Childcare + Coworking membership for parent and young child
  • professional video filming, editing and production from Fluent Video,
  • 3 hours of photography plus editing by Small Business branding Carley Storm Photography,
  • 2 Tickets to launch party
  • Access to all bloom workshops

 

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$10,000
Winter 2020 Community Incubator

This support tier is for individuals or businesses passionate about promoting and sustaining equitable opportunities for local entrepreneurs, educators, and small business owners in our local community.  

By sponsoring the incubator program, you are funding the following to a community nominated individual who meets specific criteria including childcare and socioeconomic needs:

Winter 2020 bloom Childcare + Coworking membership for parent and young child

  • professional video filming, editing and production from Fluent Video,
  • 3 hours of photography plus editing by Small Business branding Carley Storm Photography,
  • 2 Tickets to launch party
  • Access to all bloom workshops
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Building Our Community

Give what you can to support our local community of entrepreneurs, movers, shakers and families!  Your contribution will help us expand this revolutionary space to Bloomfield, New Jersey! We’re easily accessible to the GSP, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Verona, West Caldwell, Nutley, and Clifton - here’s looking at you neighbors!

125 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Social Media Shoutout

As a thank you for supporting bloom CHILDCARE + COWORKING, we will shout you out on social media!

250 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
bloom CC + CO Spotify Playlists

Get TWO exclusive Spotify playlist chock full of all of the tunes we love to groove to with the littles!  The MOVERS + SHAKERS playlist is perfect for directing energy on one of those days and JUST CHILLING is our collection of favorite Children's Space jams!

50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Afternoon Playdate + DIY Coffee Bar

We would love to have you and your little join us for an afternoon playdate!  Complete with DIY coffee bar, community, the best swag, messy fun + ZERO clean up!  BONUS: Free month of weekend playdates when you purchase a playdate membership!

75 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Weekend Playdate + DIY Coffee Bar

Looking for some weekend morning fun? We would love to have you and your little join us for a Saturday morning playdate!  Complete with coffee, community, the best swag, messy fun + ZERO clean up! BONUS: Free month of weekend playdates when you purchase a playdate membership!

40 Left
0 Supporters
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$85
Connect + Create: My Family Treece

Anna Treece, bloom parent, fiber artist, creator of My Family Treece, and owner of Dumbo Doula (did we mention she has two littles?!) will host a twilight event for grown ups only.  Anna will walk you through designing and building the dreamiest dream catcher.  bloom will provide treats, adult libations and an relaxing craft space!  

We will host two dates, and cap each session at 18 crafters.  

35 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$500
Generous Human

Get listed on our site, and promoted all over our socials, as a Generous Human!

20 Left
0 Supporters
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$1,500
Growth Mindset

+ Three hour rental of coworking space 
+ Includes sensory retreat + open play (two hours max.) for up to 12 children 

 

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,300
Current Families: Founding Family

+ .Priority membership for Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 term (four months. ​​​two days a week)

+  One free month of unlimited access to bloom Afternoon + Weekend  Open Playdates

+  Access to all base calendar events

+  50% discount on any space rental (coworking, child's space or a combination of both) for personal or professional needs.

+  Hard Hat Tour before bloom CC + CO officially opens

+  2 tickets to launch party

5 Supporters
None available
$3,450
Current Families - FFM (3 days/week)

+ Priority membership for Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 term (four months. ​​​three days a week)

+  One free month of unlimited access to bloom Afternoon + Weekend  Open Playdates

+  Access to all base calendar events

+  50% discount on any space rental (coworking, child's space or a combination of both) for personal or professional needs.

+  Hard Hat Tour before bloom CC + CO officially opens

+  2 tickets to launch party

1 Supporter
None available
$5,000
Industry Exclusive Partnership

+  12 month sponsorship space for the cost of 6 months.  
+  Work with us one on one to formulate a custom sponsorship campaign
+  Exclusive sponsorship in your industry category  

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$10,000
Fall 2019 Community Incubator

This support tier is for individuals or businesses passionate about promoting and sustaining equitable opportunities for local entrepreneurs, educators, and small business owners in our local community.  

By sponsoring the incubator program, you are funding the following to a community nominated individual who meets specific criteria including childcare and socioeconomic needs:

  • Fall 2019 bloom Childcare + Coworking membership for parent and young child
  • professional video filming, editing and production from Fluent Video,
  • 3 hours of photography plus editing by Small Business branding Carley Storm Photography,
  • 2 Tickets to launch party
  • Access to all bloom workshops

 

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$10,000
Winter 2020 Community Incubator

This support tier is for individuals or businesses passionate about promoting and sustaining equitable opportunities for local entrepreneurs, educators, and small business owners in our local community.  

By sponsoring the incubator program, you are funding the following to a community nominated individual who meets specific criteria including childcare and socioeconomic needs:

Winter 2020 bloom Childcare + Coworking membership for parent and young child

  • professional video filming, editing and production from Fluent Video,
  • 3 hours of photography plus editing by Small Business branding Carley Storm Photography,
  • 2 Tickets to launch party
  • Access to all bloom workshops
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