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Play Me Out Indoor Playground & Child Care Center

Play Me Out is an indoor playground & child care center in L.A. County that gives parents free time while their children enjoy play time.

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Project Description

ABOUT PLAY ME OUT 

We’re proud to give families the freedom to live more balanced lives without compromising on quality, fun and expert supervision for their children. We accomplish this by empowering parents to set their own pace for living while providing children with the tools to play, grow, and be social in an active recreational environment. Most importantly, we serve families of all economic levels by offering an affordable and accessible alternative to traditional childcare.

THE PROBLEM


According to a 2013 American Sociological Review study, women have less time than men for sleep, particularly employed mothers of young children who prioritize family needs over personal free time.

The most invaluable asset that parents need more of is time. Between balancing a career, parenthood, and a personal life, studies have consistently shown that parents do not have enough time to prioritize their personal wellness, which is detrimental to the entire family.

Studies show that children are also not getting enough personal wellness in the form of play. According to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Yet the average child does not get their daily recommended dose of at least 60 minutes of play per day.

THE MISSION 


As a highly educated African American mother of 3 children who has worked in the childcare and healthcare industry for nearly 15 years, I have experienced firsthand how difficult it is to balance the demanding roles as a wife, mother, and career woman. This is especially challenging for low income families, who can’t afford full time childcare memberships and have limited resources to help them achieve better balance in their lives.

Play Me Out is the solution that I always wished I had. It creates an environment that encourages children’s social development by creating a haven for interaction, socialization, and connectivity. It also creates more life balance for parents by giving them more time in their day to live fuller lives -- whether that means running errands or enjoying more personal time for self-care. Most importantly, it’s a unique alternative to traditional childcare that prioritizes the individual needs of parents and their children equally.

THE SOLUTION


Play Me Out puts the power back into the hands of parents by simply giving them time and more options. It is more than a daycare and more than an indoor playground. Rather, it's playcare: a hybrid of both business models that allows (potty trained) children aged 2-12 to learn, be active, and socialize in short segments of time. Our short term supervision doesn’t confine parents to expensive monthly memberships or constrictive pick up and drop off times. With this innovative and affordable approach to child care, parents gain just enough extra time in their days to focus on self-care of simply running errands while their children simply have fun. Both parents and children are provided with the unique service they need to achieve a better overall quality of life.

P.M.O. understands that life keeps happening -- even after 5:00 PM and on the weekends too-- when most childcare centers are closed. That’s why we don’t believe in restrictive program hours or enrollment requirements that don’t fulfill the unique needs of each family. Instead, we believe in offering an express service that grants parents the flexibility to get more out of their days while providing them the peace of mind that their children are in great hands.

WHY DO WE NEED FUNDING?


"Women receive just 7% of venture funds for their startups." - Fundera 

It is statistically proven that women of color have less access to funding capital. This is especially true due to the deeply rooted racial biases that exist in the loan and banking system, which is infamously known for denying loans to black business owners. As a black entrepreneur, my mission is to break through this barrier by funding the launch of a service that serves my local community through innovative fundraising strategies, including crowdfunding.

I recognize that Play Me Out is an innovative service and business model that can positively impact the quality of life for parents in L.A. County by addressing disparities in wellness and affordable childcare. I would like to allow my community to be a part of bringing this service to the market by helping raise the capital required to offset the start up costs of opening a brick and mortar business. Play Me Out will be a company rooted in community, so there’s no better way for us to be funded than by the community we intend to serve.

While we are still actively exploring traditional routes to secure funding, we would like to expedite the process of opening our first flagship location by crowdfunding to cover the cost of:

  • Our first 3 months of rent for our retail space in L.A. County, CA

  • Professional signage and construction on our retail space

  • State of the Art Equipment including soft play centers, an indoor playground, interactive toys, and sensory play equipment

  • Operating equipment including a computer, telephone, and CRM software

OUR 2020 GRAND OPENING

Reference for our ideal indoor space (Source: Indoor Playgrounds International)

Our first indoor playground will open in 2020 in L.A. County, CA and will be our flagship location. Our express freetime service will offer playcare visits ranging from 2-4 consecutive hours daily for potty trained children aged 2-12. We will be open Sunday-Thursday from 9am to 9pm and Friday-Saturday from 9am to 11pm.  Parents will have the option to make appointments in advance and walk-ins will be accepted on select days of week.

Our first space will include:

  • Indoor playground

  • Soft Play Area

  • Areas for group play sessions, sensory play experiences, and interactive play

  • A mini library with books

  • Unique programs and events in collaboration with local organizations that promote the importance of active lifestyles for children

If you are an angel investor or venture capitalist who is interested in becoming a strategic partner, please contact us at info@playmeoutcenter.com

Thank you so much in advance for contributing and sharing this campaign. Your support will help us to redefine child care for modern families in L.A. County.

 

With Gratitude,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porchia Henderson
CEO, Play Me Out

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

What is your mission?
We seek to close the wage and leadership gap through training women how to advance in their careers. 
 

What are your services?
We provide safe, short term supervision for (potty trained) children aged 2-12 at our interactive indoor play center.

 

What does 'express freetime service' mean, and how does it work?

We offer parents much more than an alternative to traditional supervision for your children. We also offer an express service that grants you a little extra freetime to make more out of your busy days. 

Our service is express because we supervise children for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of four hours daily. This structure allows us to efficiently and safely supervise your children while keeping our services affordable to all. 

 

What are your enrollment requirements for children?

Children must be aged  2-12, must be potty trained, and must be fed before arriving at our facility as we do not supply meals. We must be made aware of all of your child’s disabilities, allergies, or other relevant health conditions. Children must also be up to date on all medical exams and vaccines. 
 

What is the current status of your business.

Play Me Out is an LLC.

 

What cities are you in?
We are located in L.A. County.

 

Besides donating, how else can I support you?
We'd love you to spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign. Please share this link with your network to help us reach our fundraising goal! Any support is greatly appreciated!

Monetary Contribution

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Give What You Can

Give what you can to support Play Me Out. Any contribution counts, and we thank you for your support! 

 

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Movie Tickets

You'll be entered for the chance to win 2 movie tickets for you and a little one at a theatre near you with every donation of $10. If you are selected, you will receive your movie tickets digitally.

 

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Newsletter Feature

You’ll receive a feature in our monthly newsletter, including links to your social media and business website.

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Play Me Out Merch

You’ll receive: 

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A Play Me Out T-Shirt

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250.00 USD or more
Play Me Out Membership

You’ll receive: 

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A Play My Out T-Shirt

  • 1 Week Membership to our indoor playground for your children when our doors open in 2020

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500.00 USD or more
Play Me Out Membership Extended

You’ll Receive: 

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A Play My Out T-Shirt

  • 2 Week Membership to our indoor playground for your children when our doors open in 2020

0 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD or more
Angel Investor

Receive our eternal gratitude for your generosity! Other features of your reward will include:

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A  gift bag of parent wellness products

  • 1 Month unlimited membership for your child

  • An exclusive invitation to the soft launch party opening

  • Access to exclusive VIP events and programming

  • Access to our private investor information 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1.00 USD or more
Give What You Can

Give what you can to support Play Me Out. Any contribution counts, and we thank you for your support! 

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD or more
Movie Tickets

You'll be entered for the chance to win 2 movie tickets for you and a little one at a theatre near you with every donation of $10. If you are selected, you will receive your movie tickets digitally.

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD or more
Newsletter Feature

You’ll receive a feature in our monthly newsletter, including links to your social media and business website.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD or more
Play Me Out Merch

You’ll receive: 

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A Play Me Out T-Shirt

0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD or more
Play Me Out Membership

You’ll receive: 

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A Play My Out T-Shirt

  • 1 Week Membership to our indoor playground for your children when our doors open in 2020

0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD or more
Play Me Out Membership Extended

You’ll Receive: 

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A Play My Out T-Shirt

  • 2 Week Membership to our indoor playground for your children when our doors open in 2020

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD or more
Angel Investor

Receive our eternal gratitude for your generosity! Other features of your reward will include:

  • A feature in our monthly newsletter including links to your social media and business website

  • A shout out on our social media page with a custom graphic 

  • A  gift bag of parent wellness products

  • 1 Month unlimited membership for your child

  • An exclusive invitation to the soft launch party opening

  • Access to exclusive VIP events and programming

  • Access to our private investor information 

0 Supporters
Select this reward