HopSkipDrive, a transportation service designed for kids, has expanded to King County as of Sept. 3, providing parents a safety-first, tech-enabled transportation solution to simplify complicated logistics, save time, and reduce stress for parents with on-the-go kids.

Using the HopSkipDrive app or website, parents can request rides for children aged 6 and older, booking as little as eight hours in advance, or by 7 p.m. for rides the next morning. Parents and families can customize ride instructions from pickup and drop-off notes to sign-in/-out requests. Before the ride, HopSkipDrive matches ride requests to a CareDriver and provides a photo profile to parents and families, which they can share with their child and school. During the ride, parents can track progress through the app or via text message, while HopSkipDrive’s Safe Ride Support team monitors all rides in real time.

According to the company headquartered in Los Angeles, it makes safety its first priority. CareDrivers, experienced caregivers on wheels, must pass a selective 15-point certification process that includes FBI and Department of Justice database searches, driving record checks through the DMV, and an in-person meeting with the HopSkipDrive team. Before the ride, parents and kids see a profile of their CareDriver, who recites a secret code word at pickup to ensure the correct rider climbs aboard. During the ride, parents can track progress through the app or via text message, while HopSkipDrive’s Safe Ride Support team monitors all rides in real time.

School districts can also use HopSkipDrive as a specialized student transportation solution for kids not easily transported on a school bus. Administrators can arrange student trips booking, editing, and monitoring rides with a few clicks.

Founded in 2105 by three working moms, the company serves children aged six through 17 who are legally restricted to use other transportation services. HopSkipDrive services metropolitan areas in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Colorado, Washington D.C., and now the Greater Seattle Area.