Interested in Pinterest? You Should Be!

What is the best part about Pinterest?
It is pretty!  You don’t have to browse ugly links, you get to browse images to get to the links!

I’m in the child care or non-profit profession.  Why do I care?
1.  Child Care Providers (family child care providers, center teachers, parents, grandparents)
    a. Find ideas and resources that you might want to use for child care
    b. You don’t have to troll google to find it
    c. Find certain organizations you trust and use it as an initial resources to find seasonal activities
    d. Link to your website or your blog if you post the fun things you are doing with the children or what you are cooking for them. Good for exposure and credibility.

2.  Not-for-profits

    a. Find others who also run not-for-profits and see what their resources might be, what they like to pin information

What is Pinterest?
As Mashable describes it:  “Pinterest is a digital pinboard for things you love.”  I like to think of it as an easy to use and follow social bookmarking site.  You get to share with people blog posts, articles or recipes you like.  You also get to see what other people are pinning and then add those to your pinboard. 

How is it different from other sites? 
You pin the images to your pinboard, not links.  Therefore, when you are browsing the site you get to see all sorts of pictures with quick descriptions instead of ugly links.

Pinterest is invite only right now 
You can ask for an invitation from Pinterest or ask me and I will try to send you an invite.  You would have to provideme with your email address.

For help 

Signing up and more information about pinterest, here is their help page.

What do you think about Pinterest? 

Do you have additional questions?  Please post in the comments, section, would love to keep this conversation going.

How does it actually work, the basics?
After you sign in you see a ton of pins.  A page that looks like this.  Easy on the eyes, right?

Happy Pinning!


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building