Kango BETA, app for busy parents : carpools, childcare and playdates

2-Time Winner! Kango named 2018 “Best Uber for Kids” by San Francisco Magazine

Kango was delighted to be named “Best Uber for Kids” by San Francisco Magazine in 2018, for the second year running!

Here is their review of Kango in the “Family” category, after anonymous testing of multiple services by their editors :

“Uber for Kids: Kango
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When home is in Noe Valley, school is in the Marina, and work is in the Haight, getting kids home can be a certifiable nightmare. But with Kango, the app-powered babysitter-plus-driver service, it’s a dream. Kango’s vetted drivers (DMV check, vehicle inspection, background check, in-person interview) can haul kiddos anywhere in the city ($9 monthly subscription plus $16 ride minimum), provide babysitting before or after the ride ($15 to $20 per hour), and stay in touch with anxious parents through the app. And unlike with similar services, there’s no minimum age requirement for riders.”

You can check out San Francisco Magazine’s 2018 reviews of all types of “Best of the Bay” products and services here.

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Chrysler Brand and Kango Announce First of its Kind Family Rideshare Service Partnership

 

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CHRYSLER BRAND AND KANGO ANNOUNCE FIRST OF ITS KIND

FAMILY RIDESHARE SERVICE PARTNERSHIP

  • Partnership is first-of-its-kind partnership between an automaker and family rideshare service for children ages preschool to high school
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to be provided for lease to eligible drivers for Kango– the California-based family ride share service – in San Francisco beginning in Fall 2017
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will outfit Kango drivers with branded vehicles featuring state-of-the-art plug-in safety and technology features
  • The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range
  • Kango is the safe and dependable ride service that helps parents get their kids where they need to go, when they’re not able to do so themselves.

August 7, 2017, San Francisco, Calif. – The Chrysler brand and Kango, an app-based, on-demand service providing safe, reliable rides and childcare for kids from preschool to high school, today announced a new partnership that will make available new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for use by eligible Kango drivers. In this first-of-a-kind partnership between a family rideshare service and an automaker in the U.S, the Chrysler brand will make a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans available to eligible Kango drivers for an affordable lease, to promote safety, environmental stewardship, and provide a best-in-class ride.

The California-based Kango will deploy the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicles in San Francisco beginning in Fall 2017. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be used by Kango’s pre-screened, trusted drivers to transport riders in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Kango is excited to partner with Chrysler to make its new Pacifica Hybrid minivans available to our eligible drivers,” said Sara Schaer, CEO of Kango. “In addition to being a green vehicle with the best mileage of any minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will help us meet the growing demand for shared carpool rides for groups of kids going places. Drivers save money on gas. Kids are delighted with the minivan’s kid-friendly features. It’s a win for everyone.”

“Parents and children today are busier than ever and often need to be in multiple places at one time. The Chrysler brand is focused on providing transportation solutions for families to make their lives easier,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Chrysler Pacifica is the ultimate family vehicle, and with the addition of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, it’s now the most fuel-efficient family vehicle. Together with Kango, we will make it easier for parents to manage conflicting priorities at work with the knowledge that their kids are being transported to their activities in a safe environment.”

Kango and Chrysler brand are providing families with top of the line safety, technology, comfort, and service for the benefit and enjoyment of Kango’s regular customers. Kango’s drivers and caregivers all have previous childcare experience. They are Trustline-certified, fingerprinted, background checked, DMV record-checked, and screened in person, leading Kango to win “Best Uber for Kids” in San Francisco magazine’s 2017 Best of San Francisco awards. In addition, Kango is the only service insured to drive children of any age, providing car seats as well as booster seats. It is also the only kids’ ridesharing service that performs both same-day and pre-scheduled rides, 7 days a week, and allows families to meet a driver or sitter beforehand if desired.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is America’s first-ever hybrid minivan, and along with its eco-friendly electric range and best-in-class MPG, comes equipped with 100 plus safety and security features – giving parents peace of mind. In addition to safety, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is kid-friendly, providing the largest dual touchscreens of any family car, offering built-in games and apps with the available Uconnect Theater.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are also perfect for multi-family carpools – a common scenario, as Kango drivers can do multiple pickups and/or multiple drop-offs in the same ride. For example, Kango can pick up neighboring kids and bring them to school in the morning, or pick up several kids from an afterschool activity and drop them off at their respective homes.

“Overall, Kango is so excited to be working with Chrysler to delight our customers with a best-in-class ride experience, and to advance the future of safe, environmentally friendly transportation for families,” Schaer said.

About the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The new Chrysler Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. Equipped with more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromises minivan ideally suited for today’s families and has earned its spot as the most awarded minivan of 2016 and 2017.

The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its class-exclusive, innovative hybrid powertrain. It’s the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range. The Pacifica Hybrid has all the same great features available in the gas model along with the Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system.

About Kango

Kango was founded by CEO and Silicon Valley startup veteran Sara Schaer and her business partner and Kango CTO Kaliyuga Sivakumar, to meet the critical need for safe on-demand and scheduled rides and childcare services for busy families. Since launching its Rides and Care service in late 2015, Kango has provided thousands of rides for kids of all ages, parents and nannies included, across six counties in the San Francisco Bay area. The service has over 250 screened drivers.

 

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Kango named “Best ‘Uber for Kids 2017

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Kango was delighted to be awarded “Best Uber for Kids” by San Francisco Magazine, in its July 2017 “Best of the Bay” issue!

You can find the review below, and in the online magazine here under “Family:”

“Uber for Kids: Kango
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Kango’s babysitters on wheels make it possible for parents to schlep their kids across town without actually doing any schlepping. Drivers are verified as both drivers (DMV record checks, vehicle inspections) and babysitters (periodic background checks, sitter training). The minimum fare is $16, and babysitting rates are $15 to $20 per hour, with a $9 monthly subscription fee. The best part? Kids don’t have to have phones of their own; you communicate with the driver through yours.”

Winners in each category were determined after anonymous testing of multiple services by San Francisco Magazine’s editors. You can read more about their stringent selection process here.

Kango’s co-founder and CEO Sara Schaer and several Kango team members enjoyed San Francisco Magazine’s “Best of the Bay” party extravaganza on June 22nd at the Pier 27 Cruise Ship Terminal on the city’s waterfront.

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Thank you to San Francisco Magazine for the award!

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Kango Rides and Care serves San Francisco Bay Area

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Does your family need safe rides – with or without childcare – for kids who are going places?
Kango is here to help.

We currently serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including the following locations :

  • San Francisco
  • Peninsula
  • South Bay/San Jose
  • East Bay – Berkeley/Oakland/Alameda/El Cerrito/Albany
  • East Bay – San Leandro/Castro Valley/Hayward
  • East Bay – Contra Costa/Concord/Lafayette/Orinda
  • East Bay – TriValley/Dublin/Pleasanton/
  • Marin (Sausalito/Tiburon/Mill Valley/Corte Madera)

Are you in the San Francisco Bay Area, but not sure if there are Kango drivers and sitters near you? Or, perhaps you don’t see “Book a Driver” or “Book a Sitter” on your Home screen in the app?

Check that your address is entered in the Kango app (it won’t be shared or displayed publicly) – and enter it, if it isn’t. To do this, go to the Me screen, tap Settings (on iPhone, the “gear” icon in top left corner), tap “Account” and update your address. Then return to the Home screen. If you’re in our service area, you should see “Book a Driver” and “Book a Sitter” on Home.

Need assistance? Please email us at support@kangoapp.co

Cheers,

The Kango Team

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Kango app has a new look, new features for Spring!

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Spring is in the air and your family has places to go!

We’ve refreshed the Kango look-and-feel and added new features that will make booking safe rides and care for your kids a breeze, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re elsewhere, you’ll still see our new look – and some of the new features will come in handy for organizing carpools and playdates too! Download the new Kango iPhone app today, right here! *

In the San Francisco Bay Area :

New for Parents :

  • Use the new tappable calendar when booking drivers and sitters – tap to select as many dates as you need in a single request
  • Add more info about your kids in their profiles – including whether you’d like us to provide a booster or forward-facing car seat for the ride. You can use the “Special Instructions” field to add a secret passcode for the driver to say to your child at pickup, if desired.
  • Passengers now receive a text message from the driver when she has arrived at the pickup location (if their mobile number was entered in their profile). This message contains a link to driver and vehicle information and photos
  • Browse local driver and sitter profiles right from the redesigned Home screen
  • Scan the status of each of your requests at a glance in the enhanced Schedule screen
  • More coming soon!

New for Kango Drivers :

  • Find new jobs easily in the enhanced Feed screen – potential earnings for each job are highlighted in pink
  • Get all the info your need about a job in the newly redesigned driver and sitter request details screens
  • Visit each child’s enhanced profile screen to see larger photos, booster or car seat requirements, mobile number (if entered) and special instructions (including a secret passcode if entered). Easily get the info you need in a single place!
  • For rides: Tap the new “I’ve arrived” button when you arrive at the requested pickup location for the ride. A text message will automatically be sent to the mobile numbers of all passengers listed on the ride, telling them you are there to pick them up. The text includes a link to view ride info including your name, profile photo and vehicle photo.
  • More coming soon!

Have questions? Contact Kango support by emailing us at support@kangoapp.co or call us at (415) 494-9957

Happy Hopping!

The Kango Team

*the Android app will be updated soon

Posted in Parenting, Scheduling, Sitters & Drivers, Tech

Kango: A New Name in the New Year!

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Happy New Year!

We wish you and your family a terrific start to 2016.

2015 was an incredible year for KangaDo, as we honed in on the best ways to help busy parents manage their equally busy families, and keep everyone on track with where they need to go. 

In San Francisco, we launched a new service to connect local parents with safe, pre-screened, fingerprinted drivers and sitters for their kids. What started as a limited pilot program has grown. We have found our niche as the Rides and Care service for kids of all ages (from preschool to high school!) that values personal service, safety and kindness above all else.

In 2016, we are thrilled at the prospect of expanding our Rides and Care service beyond San Francisco.

Indeed, we believe in families. Working families, playing families, from-here-to-there-to-everywhere families. Families are busier than ever, and what they can accomplish has never been greater. We celebrate families and support parents and kids striving to have it all.

Whichever direction you’re headed, we care about getting you there.

So, we are changing our name to Kango! We see exciting activities and opportunities on the horizon – for you and for your kids. We believe the new name reflects our values and dedication to being the service that helps families get wherever they need to go. (And it’s a little easier to guess how many ‘o’ s are in Kango!).

Thank you for trusting us to share in your family’s journey.

Best Wishes,

The Kango Team
Kango: For families going places.

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3 Thoughts for a Zen Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!

We at KangaDo wish you a wonderful day, and commend you for all the amazing things you do for your families!

No matter how you choose to spend Mother’s Day, here are 3 suggested topics to reflect on – when you get a bit of peace and quiet 🙂 We hope they bring you a moment of calm and perspective.

1. Yourself :

Give yourself a hearty pat on the back, Mom!

Motherhood can be all-consuming. Think about what YOU need, in order to be the person (and Mom) you want to be? What regenerates your energy and preserves your sanity: Yoga? Exercise? Meditation? More help with the kids? Whatever it is, make a resolution to schedule it at regular intervals starting now, if it’s not already on the calendar. It’s better for everyone, when Mom has a way to stay zen!

2. Your Family :

They really do grow up so quickly! Take a moment to reflect on your kid(s), and the people they are becoming. What is one thing you’d like to do or talk about with each of them? It could be as simple as an overdue heart-to-heart chat, or as ambitious as visiting a far-off country they are curious about. And, even if your daily time with them is limited due to activities and packed schedules, resolve to be fully present in the moments you are together.

3. Things to be Grateful for : 

Everyday life with kids is full of unplanned, sometimes stressful events. Just when we think we’ve seen it all, something else happens! But thinking about what we have and what we are grateful for, puts it all in perspective.

What are the 3 things you are most grateful for, as a Mom?

Happy Mother’s Day!

– the KangaDo Team

 

 

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5 Tips to Survive Spring Break

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As parents, we all too often look up and realize that another month has gone by. Or another season! Whether your Spring Break is over, in progress or coming up, here are 5 tips to keep the kids busy this time of year:

1. Plan Playdates
Before the break, find out which of your child’s friends will be in town. Set up a fun playdate in advance, especially outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather. Everyone will look forward to it!

2. Discover a New Park 
Tired of always visiting the same playground? Venture out of your neighborhood and have a picnic somewhere new. Explore a new walking or bike trail. You’ll find a new family favorite!

3. Play Sports
Kids who are already signed up for Little League or other sports may have physical activity on their spring schedule. But it’s still fun to be active as a family!

4. Take a Weekday Day Trip
Ask the kids whether there’s somewhere within range that they’ve always wanted to go. It could be a destination such as a museum or restaurant in the next town – or even an amusement park that’s tough to navigate in weekend traffic.

5. Get a Sitter
Especially when you will be spending extended periods of time on “kid duty,” plan a break for yourself!  Even if you don’t think it will be necessary at the time, you’ll be glad you did.

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Why SF Parents Love Using KangaDo for Childcare & Rides

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Curious about KangaDo’s new Sitters & Drivers beta service? Check us out and request a KangaDo Sitter or Driver today for all of your family’s needs. Don’t take our word for it, here’s why local San Francisco moms and dads love KangaDo!

Our Sitters & Drivers Service is simple, reliable, and warm:

“I travel quite a bit, so using KangaDo to help drive the kids to school when I am gone is a tremendous help! It is important to me that all the drivers have high level background and driving skills checked, plus they are all skilled caretakers. They are held to a higher standard than most car service companies! That makes this service so unique!”

“Life Saver! Ok, maybe that’s a bit melodramatic but seriously KangaDo came through in a pinch when my babysitter couldn’t pick my kids up from school to get them where they needed to go and then safely home. Awesome and much needed service for us busy parents! <3”

“I am very impressed with your [service] – fast, practical, real, warm. I really appreciated that you set me up late last night. You won me over. We will stay with you from now on. Just a simple note to say thank you!”

Our Sitters & Drivers are responsible, engaging, and really great with kids:

“Thank you for getting my kids from school to their afterschool program. We appreciated the play by play – and stories for the kids! KangaDo is a terrific resource for parents. Are you available next Thursday too?”

“My daughter had a great time with her Sitter. She was on time, very responsible, and my daughter really liked her as they played actively together. Thanks for making the sitter coverage part of last evening so easy!”

“We had a very good experience with our Sitter overall – she was right on time and immediately connected with my daughter. She definitely kept her engaged – they made a salad, played cards and talked about our Sitter’s dog. We would definitely hire her again!”

Get Started With 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Download KangaDo app on iPhone & Android
  2. Register with a valid San Francisco address
  3. On the Homescreen, tap on the Sitters or Drivers buttons to request Childcare or Rides

Already a KangaDo parent? Update KangaDo app to access our new Homescreen.

Questions? Contact us at support@kangadoapp.com or visit our FAQ page. Request your Sitter or Driver today!

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KangaDo Sitters and Drivers Beta Service now open in San Francisco!

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San Francisco parents can now directly access KangaDo’s Sitters and Drivers beta service after downloading KangaDo app.
Only while availability lasts, so schedule your childcare and rides today!

Here’s what one KangaDo parent said about her recent Ride request:
“Life saver! Ok, maybe that’s a bit melodramatic, but seriously KangaDo came through in a pinch when my babysitter couldn’t pick up my kids from school to get them where they needed to go and then safely home. Awesome and much needed service for us busy parents!”

What’s new in KangaDo’s Sitters and Drivers beta:

  • Making a request is a breeze
    Request a Sitter or Driver right from the Homescreen.
  • No need for cash
    Save your credit card and view a cost estimate for each Request.
  • Directly access the beta after downloading the app

Pricing
During the beta, rides start at $10 each and childcare starts at $15/hour. Receive a complimentary Sitter Interview or Driver Trial Run with your first request! Learn more about KangaDo pricing here.

Join our Beta Today:

Download KangaDo app on iPhone or Android
On the Homescreen, tap to request a Sitter or Driver. You’ll be prompted to access the beta service and enter your credit card before requesting Childcare or Rides.

Parents already in KangaDo
Click here to update KangaDo app for the latest version of the app and to access our newest features.

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