Advancing moms into economic independence through education.

  • Over 40% of America's single mothers live in poverty. Most of these mothers have low-education, with more than half holding only a high school degree or less (2012).
  • Massachusetts ranks among top 5 states with female-headed low-income households. Boston has the highest concentration of the state's poor female-headed families.
  • More than 80% of the city’s families living in poverty are dependent on the woman’s income.
  • The average annual expense of full-time infant childcare in Massachusetts is the highest in the nation at $15 per hour and $16,430 per year.

"I am single mom, who doesn't have a lot of immediate family. Both my parents are deceased, so I don't have grandparents to help me. My child's father lives in a different state, so he is not able to assist me with child relies on me and the gracious help of Sitters Without Borders who assist me with childcare, so that I can live my dream of completing my BS."

-Zahirah T.

SWOB mother (2nd semester)

"I will be able to complete my associates degree in May of 2015 and I could not have done it without Sitters Without Borders."


-Single mom

SWOB mother (3rd semester)

The Lives We Impact

Sitters Without Borders (SWOB) is committed to providing safe and affordable childcare to low-income families who are eager to pursue an education, with the help of energetic and altruistic volunteer babysitters. We aim to help parents gain an education and ultimately, economic independence.