Many families in Los Altos include two working parents supporting a busy lifestyle, especially if young children are involved.
In an effort to connect parents with children ages 5 and under who will eventually attend Covington School, Sandesh Mouli posted an appeal on Nextdoor.com.
“We’re new parents living in Los Altos, and we are both working parents,” said Mouli of himself and his wife, who moved to Los Altos from Chicago in 2011. “One of the things we found was that it was really hard to meet other working parents who had kids. So we ended up hanging out with people we already knew.”
After his Nextdoor post, Mouli received responses from approximately 15 families and hopes to add even more future Covington families to the group which he dubbed Cradle to Covington.
“We can develop the sense of community and start to meet up and have regular events,” he said of his aspirations for the group.
Mouli said it can be difficult for families with young children to connect in Los Altos.
“I think parents are both typically working, and we have very limited time to socialize,” he said. “You have the nanny and day care circle, but there is really a limited set of opportunities to expand the set of people we know.”
Cradle to Covington’s first official event is scheduled March 4 on the Covington campus. Mouli issued an invitation to any families with children who will attend Covington, in the fall or beyond.
“First and foremost, I hope the kids can make new friends,” he said. “My son’s friends are all through day care, and the day care has families from all over the Bay Area. It’s hard to go down the street for a play date. Hopefully, this will lead to local play dates and by the time the kids enter Covington, they will know many more kids.”
Mouli said he plans to reach out to the principal at Covington and hopes the group can possibly enact change at the school.
At the first event, Mouli said he would poll the parents to determine which types of events and speakers they are interested in.
A future goal for Cradle to Covington is to find ways to give back.
“We are part of a very fortunate community,” Mouli said. “I would love, once we get enough interest, to do some community charity work in a less fortunate school community.”
Mouli said he doesn’t want to connect only with Covington parents. He’d like to work with city officials to plan a local Parents Day for families with young children to meet and interact, an idea he said is in the works.