D.C.-based CareLuLu (TechBUZZ ’14 Summer) receives $1.7M in seed funding, plans expansion

CareLuLu, an online platform that allows parents to find and compare local preschools and child care programs, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding as it looks to expand outside of the D.C. market, according to TechCrunch.

The company, one of the first members of D.C. startup campus 1776, was created by two parents, Patrick Matos and Evgeniya Usmanov, in 2013. Its Yelp-like platform has been live in Greater Washington for about a year. It allows custom searches for child care and preschools with category options including size, distance from home, ages, tuition, services available, hours of operation, curriculum and more.

About 25 percent of child care providers in Greater Washington have joined CareLuLu to date, according to the report. The platform is free to users, while providers can be listed for free and pay a fee for more exposure.

The seed funding was led by Khosla Ventures, and includes participation from CrunchFund, The Startup Factory and 500 Startups, according to the report. CareLuLu plans to launch in the Los Angeles area next.