About & Contact

Box 221
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Email: gretchen@essentialmom.com

A proud mother of two, Gretchen is also a social worker and parenting enthusiast. She established EssentialMom.com as her answer to the never-ending question: “How can I get everything done when there are only so many hours in a day?” Her answer: EssentialMom.com.

EssentialMom.com is designed by mothers for mothers. It is the answer for the busy mom who would rather play with her kids than spend a day “planning” to play with them. This 24-hour one-stop-shop has the answers for all things parenting: resources for classes, groups, schools, camps, birthday party resources, local events, summer camp information and more.  A “friend” to parents throughout Westchester, EssentialMom.com can be visited during good days and bad, late at night or early in the morning. It’s a place where parents can find easily-understood, non-judgmental information. We hope that they can also find a laugh or two on the side.

Gretchen spent ten years in the social work field with a leading community service organization focused on youth and family programs. She has held numerous volunteer positions with various Westchester non-profit organizations such as the Mount Kisco Child Care Center, Westchester Favors and Westchester Land Trust, and currently sits on the board of the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation and consults for a private family foundation.  All non-profits in Westchester are given free access to Essentialmom.com‘s many options, and we make an effort to promote all of the things that non-profits do to make our community such a wonderful place to live.

Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Master of Social Work degree from New York University.

My philosophy on raising a family is to give lots of
love, laughter and limits…and hope that my kids
don’t realize that I have no idea what I am doing!