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The Latest Trend in Co-Working: Child Care

In the booming co-working industry, some companies are standing out by opening their space up for children and working parents alike.
Of around 4,000 co-working spaces in the U.S., analysts estimate that only about 25 or 30 offer some form of child care on site.
Of around 4,000 co-working spaces in the U.S., analysts estimate that only about 25 or 30 offer some form of child care on site.Courtesy of Elemeno

In a D.C. co-working space on a recent Friday afternoon, a man worked on his laptop in a quiet area with sleek chairs, phone booths, and a conference room. It looked like what you’d expect from any co-working space, except for the screens showing video of a more hectic scene downstairs.

On the first floor, toddlers ambled around slides, played with blocks, and plucked ersatz food items from a pint-sized kitchen. The two floors together make up Elemeno, a D.C. co-working company that’s part of the industry’s latest trend: combined spaces for work and child care.