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Pie for Providers

Pie seeks to increase child care providers’ pay and families’ access to care. Our software helps providers claim and manage government subsidy funding.

Founded: 2017 by Chelsea Sprayregen, Kate Donaldson, Rebecca Karasik

  • Program Area

    Education, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

    United States
  • Headquarters Location

    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Open Source
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics


Pie for Providers is an open-source, non-profit project focused on supporting childcare providers and the families who rely on them. Our software helps small child care providers and families claim the government funding for which they are already eligible. Today, 85% of eligible children do not claim this funding. This means families struggle to afford care and child care providers - small, women-owned businesses - do not get paid for their work. The COVID-19 crisis threatens to wipe out up to half of child care businesses, making this project even more urgent.

We’re building a Rails and React app to help child care providers claim and manage their government subsidy funding.
By reducing the administrative burden of the subsidy, we aim to increase providers' incomes and help more families access subsidies. Our billing reconciliation tools make it easy to predict subsidy reimbursement rates, contest inaccurate payments, and integrate the subsidy into cash flow management and budgeting.

Funders and Awards

Early Childhood Innovation Prize (OpenIDEO and Gary Community Investments), University of Chicago Social New Venture Challenge, PitcHER, Pipeline Angels, IMC Foundation, WiSTEM accelerator (1871, Chicago), University of Chicago Polsky Summer Accelerator