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About Us

At Chicago Collegiate Nannies, we understand that a nanny should be more than just a childcare provider. We believe that the best nannies seek to foster your child’s development in all aspects of life—socially, emotionally, and intellectually—serving as mentors and role models who will inspire your children to reach their full potential. With this in mind, our agency recruits driven, interactive, college-educated nannies who will share their expertise with your children—from helping with reading homework to learning French to practicing the cello. Our nannies’ diverse skill sets are carefully matched to meet each family’s individual needs.

We offer a variety of services for families and nannies, including:

  • Full-time Permanent Placements (30+ hours per week)
    This option is for families looking for a nanny to provide daily childcare in their home during the workweek.
  • Part-time Permanent Placements (1 to 29 hours per week)
    This option is for families looking for a nanny to come to their home for a few days each week. This is a great option for families with school-aged children who require after-school care and transportation to extracurricular activities.
  • Background Screening Services
    We offer comprehensive background screening services to assist families who have already found a potential childcare provider but would like to gather more information about the candidate in order to make an informed decision.
  • Savvy Sitter Training Courses and CPR Certification
    For families who already have a nanny whom they feel could benefit from receiving additional training, we offer monthly Savvy Sitter Training courses and CPR certification through the American Heart Association.

We consider a nanny placement to be the beginning, not the end, of our professional relationship. We believe that the nannies we select are exceptional and want you to feel confident in your new caregiver’s abilities. Families receive continual, individualized support from our agency throughout placement process and beyond. We encourage our families to stay in touch and reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns. 

Lydia M. Brown, Founder

Lydia has over 17 years of experience as a professional nanny, household manager, teacher, coach, and camp counselor in the Chicagoland area. Lydia obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and spent several years working in finance immediately after graduating. In 2015, her passion to teach and inspire children of all ages led her to launch Chicago Collegiate Nannies. 

Samantha Speed, MA, LPCA

Samantha has over 11 years of childcare and  nanny experience both in the surrounding area of her hometown, Charlotte, NC, and in the Chicagoland area.  She has extensive childcare experience through working at her church day care, being a summer camp counselor, babysitting, and a lead camp counselor coordinator.

Katelyn Kelm

Katelyn has over 10 years of childcare and nanny experience working in the Chicagoland area where she has utilized her skills as a Religious Education teacher, peer instructor for Roosevelt University, camp counselor and babysitter.

"I thought the process of placement was not only fast but went very smoothly. I was honestly very shocked at how quickly I was able to get in contact with the family I am currently working for, but that was really great! Overall, I thought the placement process was quick and smooth."

—Monica S., Nanny