Ravii Glover knows what it’s like to be a full-time professional with two children who go to two separate schools. And she knows about the seemingly endless car rider line drop-offs and pickups. Now she has a solution for other busy parents like herself: the Transportation Nanny.
Glover first came upon her idea 20 years ago. “The idea came to me when I was a college student and found that my babysitting jobs evolved into transportation jobs,” Glover says. “I was picking up and dropping off, and it’s child care, but not really child care.”
The transportation service has been “a lifesaver” for Keona Banks, a registered nurse. Banks says her full-time work, which has hours that vary from week to week, would be impacted if she didn’t have help getting her children to and from their schools and after-school care.
Banks had been looking for a safe carpooling solution when she saw the Transportation Nanny minivan drop off kids at her child’s school.
“I had no idea we in the Upstate area had a service like that,” she says. “Whether you’re married or a single parent, when you work full-time and have children, you just can’t do it all and be everywhere at the same time.”
Several months ago, Glover quit her full-time job with Norfolk Southern Railroad and began to market her Transportation Nanny services to parents who need someone to help them take their kids to school, bring them home from school and transport them to the many sports, tutoring, music and other after-school activities that fill the schedules of school-age children.
Glover says she soon will need to hire additional nanny drivers. She’s looking for individuals who like children and don’t mind waiting in school car rider lines. Some parents may find it impossible to enjoy the car line, but Glover says the key to success is a smart schedule.
“You have to figure out how the carpool line works and maximize your time,” she explains. “At one school, I’m there at five minutes until 2 p.m. to be in the inner loop of the carpool line. If I’m not there within the top five, I’m there within the top five cars.”
At another school, Glover uses the after-school bus line lane, an arrangement she established early on with the school. Her minivan is eligible because she transports children who are not her own to an after-school care program. Her minivan has magnets advertising her company.
Her company charges according to a range of miles, rather than by time, with prices starting at $10 for a one-way, one-time ride of a mile or less from a child’s home to school. The cost ranges up to $140 for a five-days-per-week round-trip where the school is 9–10 miles from the home or destination. There are discounts for siblings.
The public’s relatively recent acceptance of ride-sharing services like Uber has made it easier for a child transportation service to launch, Glover notes.
“I think people now realize there are transportation options out there, and you don’t have to try to be in four places at one time,” Glover says. “Uber might increase the likelihood of someone reaching out to a service like mine for their children.”
Glover’s focus is on both the transportation and nanny parts of her service. She makes certain she meets the families that use her services before the first car ride. Also, she is CPR-trained and relies on her years of child care experience when dealing with children and their after-school moods.
“I like talking with the kids about their school work. We talk about football. We talk about the choir, and we talk about some book they were reading,” she says. “I engage them because I want them to look forward to that ride in the car with me.”