A little birdie told us about a delightfully named company called Chirp. This unique business based in San Francisco offers nanny placement services for Bay Area families. Founded by Alyce Desrosiers, a licensed clinical social worker and author, Chirp takes the guesswork out of hiring a child care provider and guides parents through the nanny-finding process every step of the way.

Since 1994, Desrosiers has been immersed in the local childcare scene and has authored two books about hiring a nanny and the family/nanny dynamic. It’s a wonder she has time for anything else, but Desrosiers also maintains a bustling personal life. We’ve recently caught up with this busy lady to find out more.

Q: What do you love about your job?
A: I am honored that parents invite me into their family life and that I have created long term relationships with them. I learn everyday from nannies and parents about how to care for young children.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
A: Austria for the quality of life: Wonderful friends, fantastic healthy food, great hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, skiing…and sleeping all day if I want to!

Q: What is something surprising about you?
A: I hold a red belt in karate and I’m practicing diligently toward my black belt.

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant and favorite dish there?
A: Mission Beach Cafe for their burger and fries, topped off with their banana butterscotch cream pie!

Look at Alyce’s website and subscribe to her newsletter for important information and parenting tips. Her book, Nannies for Modern Moms, has all the tools and checks you need to make a good hiring decision. Now, back in Woodside, she spends her days artfully curating the ever-growing selection on hand at Emily Joubert. Tableware, jewelry, rugs, clothing, frames and flowers spill from the space, and create a tantalizing browsing experience.
There’s no doubt, Sieber’s grandmother would have been proud.