Chicago-Based First Class Care, Inc Earns Most Acclaimed Award in its Class—Agency of the Year by Association of Premier Nanny Agencies

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Erin Krex, president of First Class Care, Inc., a full-service domestic placement agency servicing all of Illinois, returned from the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies Annual (APNA) Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 17, 2010 with a new award in hand. At this year’s conference, First Class Care was presented with the prestigious 2010 APNA Agency of the Year award.

“It’s my hope that all agency owners give the families they service first class care,” said Krex

Erin Krex, president of First Class Care, Inc., a full-service domestic placement agency servicing all of Illinois, returned from the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies Annual (APNA) Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 17, 2010 with a new award in hand. At this year’s conference, First Class Care was presented with the prestigious 2010 APNA Agency of the Year award.

October has been a big month for Krex, who recently ranked 16th out of thousands of contestants in StartUpNation.com’s 2010 Leading Moms in Business competition. Over 700,000 voters helped to choose Krex as a Leading Mom in Business. Not long after, First Class Care endured a thorough evaluation of its operational and business practices by industry leaders, ultimately, taking home the renowned, APNA Agency of the Year Award for 2010.

Agency owners must undergo a critical evaluation by its board of directors to become a member of APNA. After submitting contracts, applications and standard practices, only the agencies that meet the association’s strict standards are permitted membership into the association and granted use of the APNA seal; these agencies must also agree to abide by the association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Practices. It should come as no surprise then, that the APNA seal reflects the highest quality within the domestic placement industry.

First Class Care (http://www.firstclasscare.com) was created in 2006 after Erin and Steve Krex were met with frustration and disappointment during their own quest to find the perfect Chicago nanny. Dissatisfied with the domestic placement agencies in Chicago, Krex saw the need for a first class agency that could provide Chicagoland families with high-quality, exceptional domestic help. Soon after, First Class Care, Inc. was born.

Being a domestic employer herself, Krex knows firsthand how valuable a qualified care specialist can be to a busy family, which is why all care specialists at First Class Care are interviewed by a licensed employment counselor, followed by a meticulous screening process. If the care specialist meets these rigorous expectations, then, and only then, will they have the ability to meet a family.

In addition to providing Illinois based families access to high-quality nannies, babysitters, housekeepers, house managers, personal chefs and eldercare companions, Krex volunteers her time and energy serving on the board of directors of the International Nanny Association (INA), a non-profit educational association dedicated to improving quality in-home child care. Krex takes great pleasure in educating other agency owners and setting industry standards modeled after her own practice. “It’s my hope that all agency owners give the families they service first class care,” said Krex. “The families really do deserve it.”

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