Our mission is to make Out of School Time (OST) activity planning and management easy for parents, parent-teacher associations (PTAs), parent-teacher organizations (PTOs), and schools, while providing service providers an equitable platform to reach customers. As a public benefit company, our social mission is to sponsor and organize OST programs that help advance underserved communities.
Foster trusted partnerships
Through close collaboration with key stakeholders, including program providers, PTAs, PTOs, schools, and families, we strive to build service offerings and tools that empower communities, enable and advance young people, and drive growth and operational efficiency.
Advocate for equity and serve all communities
We are focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through the sponsorship and organization of OST programs that center around underserved communities.
Protect the privacy and data of our stakeholders
We are steadfast in our commitment to maintain the highest ethical standards and protect the privacy and data of our families, providers, PTAs, PTOs, and schools.
As fathers of active school-aged children, Kiddo's co-founders Garrick Yau and Matt Yeh were frustrated with the absence of a single digital space to research and manage after-school and summer programs for their children. The information sources available consisted of paper flyers sent home from school and browser searches, which generated incomplete results with minimal information about the quality of the service providers and their programs. Garrick and Matt also wanted to take meaningful social action that would provide OST opportunities for children in underserved communities. The Covid-19 pandemic created an immediate sense of urgency to launch Kiddo because the pandemic has deeply exacerbated the social disparity in our communities, while crippling small businesses, including many OST activity providers.
Garrick’s commitment to education started with his first entrepreneurial venture that focused on building sister-school partnerships between public school districts in the US and in China. He continued to launch a second education venture in collaboration with Columbia University, where he received his MBA. The collaboration with Columbia University, Teachers College, focused on bringing students from different parts of the world and from different socioeconomic backgrounds together to investigate complex issues and participate as researchers, engineers, and ethical and creative contributors to academia. Through Kiddo, Garrick and Matt are able to help provide valuable OST experiences to children of all backgrounds.
Kiddo is a multi-dimensional, mission-focused company that provides families and OST program providers a trustworthy platform to connect, while delivering PTAs, PTOs, and schools comprehensive tools that streamline OST activity planning and management. The growth and success of Kiddo enables the company to focus on its critical mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across all communities.