Reimagined Playdates by Expert Caregivers

Enabling a marketplace of social child care experiences facilitated by a network of highly selective professionals.

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Project Ends on July 21, 2018

Project Description

PAL by Project Playdate, set to launch this Summer in New York City, is a platform that connects families with shared child care needs to a highly selective network of child care professionals. With PAL we offer the network of parents with children of all ages and providers the tools they need to seamlessly coordinate social care, or a curated playdate experience facilitated by caregivers that always promises to be safe, social and stimulating. Seamless coordination includes:

  • Shared calendars
  • Members-only groups
  • Pooled pay
  • Structured enrichment
  • Easy communication

With multiple parents paying for one provider, we enable well-paid and meaningful job opportunities for a highly skilled workforce at a lower price point for parents.

This campaign will help us successfully bring PAL to market by investing in our team, technology and awareness efforts. We are so grateful for anything you can do to support - thank you to all of those who have already done so much to keep this dream alive!

THE PROBLEM

When a parent needs “off-hour” care, their only market option is to hire a babysitter. Unfortunately, in this space, there are limited affordable solutions for parents to book a high-quality professional for one-on-one care.


One-on-one care has no established quality control and is not stimulating. Additionally, one-on-one care is not lucrative for real professionals – making it difficult to recruit and retain the best people.

    BACKGROUND

    Created from a passionate belief that all families deserve access to affordable and enriching professional care, Project Playdate is an existing service that curates drop-off care experiences with NYC's most celebrated spaces, specialists and attractions for kids. Through Project Playdate (www.projectplaydate.org), we discovered that parents are desperate to have time for themselves during off-hours, while knowing that their children are having a safe and meaningful child care experience.

    SOLUTION

    With this proven insight, we are now introducing the evolution of Project Playdate, called PAL.

    Through our group care model, we can achieve higher pay for the best in class. This enables a comprehensive vetting process that ensures only the top talent has access to job opportunities on PAL. 

    Our network of high quality care providers are made up of:

    • Teaching Professionals
    • Enrichment Providers
    • Childcare Experts
    • Nurses 
    • Higher Ed Students 

    As a parent, you can:

    • Search for a drop off playdate near you based on age group, interest, and even preferred specialists.
    • Request a playdate through the PAL job board for you and your friends. You'll receive job submissions with suggested playdate itineraries.
    •  Build a members-only group with your building, camp, school and more to ensure seamless coordination of care with other trusted families that share your needs.

    Specialist profiles always include certifications, reviews, and bios. You can be sure that everyone is background checked and has successfully completed the PAL vetting process. We even have a tool that enables real-time video updates of the playdate in action!

    New York City Parents: This Summer, we invite you to fill your downtime with playdates! See how PAL can fulfill your after camp hours, weekend plans, and even camp day alternatives. This coming school year, use PAL as a resource for after school hours, evenings and weekend care.

    Unlock their next child care adventure today and support PAL by Project Playdate!

    Updates

    The Project FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions:

     

     

    06/15/2018
    Gold Insider, One Child
    $100
    06/17/2018
    Monetary Contribution
    $150
    06/18/2018
    Craft Box for Two by Our Very Own Playdate Specialist.
    $75
    06/18/2018
    Monetary Contribution
    $100
    06/18/2018
    Private Red Cross Adult/Pediatric CPR & First Aid Training with PAL Founder, Amanda Raposo
    $800
    06/19/2018
    Custom Adult Onesie Pajama
    $150
    06/19/2018
    Custom Adult Onesie Pajama
    $100
    06/19/2018
    Gold Insider, One Child
    $100
    06/19/2018
    Monetary Contribution
    $350
    06/19/2018
    Gold Insider, One Child
    $100
    Monetary Contribution

    Just Because I Care

    17 Supporters
    Contribute
    $15
    PAL Social Shoutout

    As a thank you for supporting PAL, we will shout you out on our socials with a personalized and playful post!

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    9 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $25
    DIY with PAL

    This digital download offers exclusive access to five of our favorite playdate ideas that you can facilitate in your own home or locally. Give this to your child care provider, lead it yourself or gift it to a friend with kids so that their next playdate is fun, enriching, and activity-packed! These playdates require limited supplies and are best for children ages 3-7. 

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    12 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $40
    PAL Caregiver Training

    This pre-recorded one hour session with our founder, Amanda, offers insight on best practices around social care. Her 7+ years of facilitating group child care experiences across New York City inspires this valuable seminar, focusing specifically on how to engage children in mixed age groups with safe, social and stimulating care. Great for parents, caregivers or rising child care professionals! 

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    6 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $75
    Craft Box for Two by Our Very Own Playdate Specialist.

    This hand-crafted box, which can be shipped anywhere in the U.S., includes art-based projects for two children of any age group shipped directly to your home (or to a friend as a gift!). It is designed by Ms. Danielle, one of our incredibly talented Playdate Specialists, and celebrates all of the wonderful teachers you can meet through PAL. It is a thoughtful gift for the children that you love who are in your life, near or far!

    45 Left
    5 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $100
    Gold Insider, One Child

    At Least 2 Playdates, 3 hours, 1 child

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

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    12 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $100
    Custom Adult Onesie Pajama

    For the kid at heart! Before PAL there was Project Playdate and we got our start by organizing kids pajama parties all over New York City. So many of our friends were jealous of the kids who got to party on weekend evenings in their pajamas. Well friends, look no further! Now it's your turn to rediscover the onesie. 

    Choose from a select list of characters or even a custom onesie with your initials. Finally an option for the kid-free supporter! This can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

    27 Left
    13 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $180
    Gold Insider, Two Children

    At Least Two Playdates, Two Children, 3 Hours.

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    99 Left
    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    $200
    Platinum Insider, One Child

    At least four playdates, one child, 3 hours.

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    71 Left
    4 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $350
    Platinum Insider, Two Children

    At least four playdates, two children, 3 hours.

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    3 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $800
    Private Red Cross Adult/Pediatric CPR & First Aid Training with PAL Founder, Amanda Raposo

    Up to 10 people in the Tri-State area, 4-5 hour training in Red Cross Adult/Pediatric CPR and First Aid. Facilitated by our founder, Amanda, this training is an invaluable resource to you, your friends and/or the child care providers in your community. Do not miss this opportunity to learn these life-saving techniques that will keep your loved ones safe. 

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    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    $1,000
    PAL Angel

    Your generous contribution will sponsor a PAL playdate for at least 10 deserving children in underserved local communities. 

    3 Left
    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $2,000
    Full Service Party for up to 10 kids or 10 adults with Personal Party Planner

    Our team has had years of experience planning extra special party experiences for both children and adults a like. 

    Kids Party Includes: 

    Three Party Leads 

    Pizza

    Activity Packed 2 Hours with Supplies

    Themed Decor

    Cake

    This is perfect for birthdays, holidays and even to engage the kids at an upcoming wedding. 

    Adult Party Includes:

    Meal

    Drink

    Live Music 

    Themed Decor

    What we aren't spending on childcare providers, we'll put towards your booze budget! 

    Party venue fees not included. Party must occur within the Tri-State Area.

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    Rewards

    Monetary Contribution

    Just Because I Care

    17 Supporters
    Contribute
    $15
    PAL Social Shoutout

    As a thank you for supporting PAL, we will shout you out on our socials with a personalized and playful post!

    91 Left
    9 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $25
    DIY with PAL

    This digital download offers exclusive access to five of our favorite playdate ideas that you can facilitate in your own home or locally. Give this to your child care provider, lead it yourself or gift it to a friend with kids so that their next playdate is fun, enriching, and activity-packed! These playdates require limited supplies and are best for children ages 3-7. 

    63 Left
    12 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $40
    PAL Caregiver Training

    This pre-recorded one hour session with our founder, Amanda, offers insight on best practices around social care. Her 7+ years of facilitating group child care experiences across New York City inspires this valuable seminar, focusing specifically on how to engage children in mixed age groups with safe, social and stimulating care. Great for parents, caregivers or rising child care professionals! 

    44 Left
    6 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $75
    Craft Box for Two by Our Very Own Playdate Specialist.

    This hand-crafted box, which can be shipped anywhere in the U.S., includes art-based projects for two children of any age group shipped directly to your home (or to a friend as a gift!). It is designed by Ms. Danielle, one of our incredibly talented Playdate Specialists, and celebrates all of the wonderful teachers you can meet through PAL. It is a thoughtful gift for the children that you love who are in your life, near or far!

    45 Left
    5 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $100
    Gold Insider, One Child

    At Least 2 Playdates, 3 hours, 1 child

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    88 Left
    12 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $100
    Custom Adult Onesie Pajama

    For the kid at heart! Before PAL there was Project Playdate and we got our start by organizing kids pajama parties all over New York City. So many of our friends were jealous of the kids who got to party on weekend evenings in their pajamas. Well friends, look no further! Now it's your turn to rediscover the onesie. 

    Choose from a select list of characters or even a custom onesie with your initials. Finally an option for the kid-free supporter! This can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

    27 Left
    13 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $180
    Gold Insider, Two Children

    At Least Two Playdates, Two Children, 3 Hours.

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    99 Left
    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    $200
    Platinum Insider, One Child

    At least four playdates, one child, 3 hours.

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    71 Left
    4 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $350
    Platinum Insider, Two Children

    At least four playdates, two children, 3 hours.

    Commitment of up to 40% off of actual value.

    Use this credit towards your first purchase on the brand new PAL platform! If you are a parent in New York City, then this reward is for you! If not, you can gift it to someone who is, or even better, sponsor child care for a mom who can't afford it. 

    3 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $800
    Private Red Cross Adult/Pediatric CPR & First Aid Training with PAL Founder, Amanda Raposo

    Up to 10 people in the Tri-State area, 4-5 hour training in Red Cross Adult/Pediatric CPR and First Aid. Facilitated by our founder, Amanda, this training is an invaluable resource to you, your friends and/or the child care providers in your community. Do not miss this opportunity to learn these life-saving techniques that will keep your loved ones safe. 

    4 Left
    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    $1,000
    PAL Angel

    Your generous contribution will sponsor a PAL playdate for at least 10 deserving children in underserved local communities. 

    3 Left
    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $2,000
    Full Service Party for up to 10 kids or 10 adults with Personal Party Planner

    Our team has had years of experience planning extra special party experiences for both children and adults a like. 

    Kids Party Includes: 

    Three Party Leads 

    Pizza

    Activity Packed 2 Hours with Supplies

    Themed Decor

    Cake

    This is perfect for birthdays, holidays and even to engage the kids at an upcoming wedding. 

    Adult Party Includes:

    Meal

    Drink

    Live Music 

    Themed Decor

    What we aren't spending on childcare providers, we'll put towards your booze budget! 

    Party venue fees not included. Party must occur within the Tri-State Area.

    8 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward