Based on our findings, we came up with “Date Night”, a service that would allow graduate students with children to hire the services of a campus wide babysitting network in order to attend social events on campus. Date Night would be integrated as a paid service across all campus-wide social activities. For a nominal monthly fee, parents could sign up to attend several social events, while Stanford students would volunteer to babysit their children.
We prototyped this service with a few Stanford students who had children, by babysitting their children while the parents went to watch a movie. The response from the parents was very positive. To help graduate students with children to manage their mental health, we believe that such a service could easily be adopted across universities.