CertifiKid was the first of its kind daily deal website geared to families and is a household name in the Greater Washington-Baltimore region - and now nationally - where CertifiKid has been recognized as one of the best deal websites for parents by CNBC, The Washington Post, and Washingtonian magazine. Shortly after forming in early 2010, CertifiKid expanded its reaches to include the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia markets. In 2012, CertifiKid's new Special Deals for Special Needs program commenced, making CertifiKid the first deal site to offer deals focused specifically on families of children with special needs. In 2013, LA and Chicago-based FamilyFinds and Atlanta-based FamGrab became part of CertifiKid, and in 2015, Dallas and New York City joined the family. CertifiKid is now a coast-to-coast powerhouse in the family-focused deal market, reaching more than 1 million parents and business owners.
CertifiKid was formed by a DC-area family to offer all that local families want and need at majorly reduced prices. CertifiKid was the idea of our Founder and CEO Jamie Ratner after years of being an expert deal finder and writing a successful Washington area blog geared to parents and particularly moms who were looking for a good deal and new things to try locally. The blog had scores of daily readers who trusted Jamie’s advice on local events, restaurants, products, and services. They trusted Jamie because she is just like them - a working mother of 2 trying to balance it all, provide for her kids, get an occasional evening alone with her husband, and always looking for a good bargain. Jamie believed that there was a huge void in the deal space that CertifiKid could fill for the benefit of her readers, other parents and parents-to-be (ok, and her too).
And indeed it has - over a million families have benefited from CertifiKid’s great values and CertifiKid’s participating businesses - most who request to be featured again - are thrilled for the new customers and exposure. CertifiKid members have been treated to exclusive deals at incredible savings from local businesses such as Disney On Ice, Whole Foods, ABC Mouse, Shutterfly, Petco, Gymboree, Cirque du Soleil, as well as many local summer camps, zoos, resorts, sports events, birthday parties, theme parks, family photographers, farms, restaurants, and kid activities.
Now the business community has taken notice - our fearless leader, Jamie Ratner, was named one of the region’s Top 40 Under 40 “Brightest Young Business Leaders” of 2011 by The Washington Business Journal. CertifiKid has also been featured by numerous media outlets and publications, including The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian, CNBC, NBC4 News, Fox5 News, WUSA 9 News, ABC2 News in Baltimore, The Gazette, Bethesda Magazine, Baltimore Business Journal, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Examiner.com.
Our goal for CertifiKid remains the same since we started this business at our kitchen table. We never wanted CertifiKid to simply be a gateway between local businesses and our members to make a single business transaction. Our goal has been and always will be for CertifiKid to become an online playground for families to build relationships with each other and local businesses that will last beyond the initial transaction. From our family to yours ...