Shan was a mother of 3, a full-time student, and full-time employee. Transporting three kids, considering all of her other obligations, was itself a full time job and headache. It was when one of her kids began using Lyft, however, that her anxiety went to the next level. Not only was she nervous about the idea of her kids being with strangers, she also noticed that their rides were often canceled — she didn’t realize that Uber and Lyft are not legally able to transport children. That’s when Shan saw an opportunity and created Kiddie Commute.
Kiddie Commute offers morning and evening, extracurricular and summer camp transportation. In addition, the company partners with non-profits and after-school programs. Ultimately, Shan desires the company to grow to a point where they are able to offer rides to underprivileged youth in the community. In addition to their mission, the company also stands out for its commitment to safety. Each of their certified drivers go through the following steps before being able to transport children:
- Criminal/Background Screening through Checkr
- Fingerprinting through the Department of Justice
- Registered with Trustline which constantly monitors fingerprints
- Department of Motor Vehicle Record Pull & constant monitoring through Samba Safety
- Behind the wheel & classroom training
Today Kiddie Commute literally has hundreds of customers on waitlist — Shan has tapped into a definite need for parents. Every parent wants to feel secure and know that their children are well taken care of, when they cannot personally do so. Kiddie Commute is filling that need and will only continue to grow. Kiddie Commute is also an example of how Black entrepreneurs continue to innovate from necessity. We salute Shan and will continue to watch the company’s growth.