to the childcare/office use, the memberships include such benefits as free or discounted conference room access, free or discounted guest passes, member events, a private Facebook group, and more. Non-member rates are also an option. Play, Work or Dash just opened in January this year and it has proven very popular. According to Dash, there is a core group of founding members. Some people come regularly, others come to give it a try. “Spring break and snow days were very busy and we expect that summers will be big. This can also be a supplement to pre-school arrangements that parents have,” says Dash. The center is open Monday though Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm and the space can even be rented on the weekends for meetings or workshops. Dash also offers the occasional Parents’ Night Out and recently held an
adult networking mixer. “We are building a community,” explains Dash. The majority of parents work on-site, generally once or twice a week for three hours each time. Play, Work or Dash allows the parent to be close to their kids while still working as opposed to being distracted by them at home. Dash’s longer-term plans include expanding the concept to other locations regionally and then perhaps franchising nationally. “We have only been open a few months. We are still perfecting this model,” she points out, “but by 2020, the prediction is that 40% of the work force will be flexible and there need to be flexible childcare options.”
The on-site childcare allows for up to 3 hours of care, (2) 90-minute sessions for children aged 9 months to 8 years old.
Play, Work or Dash may be the answer that many will discover provides the childcare flexibility they need. v
MAY // JUNE 2016 v TYSONS