Playgroup Specialist

Amanda Raposo

Hi my name is Amanda and I am the founder of Project Playdate. I have been running safe and enriching drop off experiences for children for over 8 years! I am a current graduate student at Columbia Business School and I received my undergraduate degree at NYU's School of Social Work. My favorite playdates are the ones that get us out of the house and exploring the world! There are so many incredible places to visit and activities to experience in this city. I love organizing tours, making themed educational scavenger hunts, and using the power of playtime to foster children's social, creative, motor and leadership skills. My playdates will always be active, educational, and most importantly, fun!

Sharon Einhorn

Hi my name is Sharon and I am the Director of Private Events for Project Playdate. I have been 15 years of nannying experience and I specialize in working with children with special needs. I am currently working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Therapy at Lehman College. My playdates will always be fun and full of activities because I love to use creative play to help bring out the best in a child.

Melani De Guzman

Hi my name is Melani and I am currently a Teaching Artist for Marquis Studios, Fresh Youth Initiative, and Em Arts technique. I am also a professional dancer, choreographer, producer, and pilates instructor. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Sociology at Loyola Marymount University. I started babysitting at the age of 13, and also worked on several sleep away camps, leading songs, organizing talent shows and coming up with the best skits! My playdates are packed with a lot of singing, dancing, and acting!

Alexandra Moss

Hi my name is Alexandra and I have been an after school caregiver and homework help. I have experienced babysitting to children as young as two weeks old as well as children with special needs such as autism and cerebral palsy. I have also obtained a hundred hours of early childhood classes and trained adults on courses too. There aren't many things that I enjoy more than watching a child's face light up when they've learned or mastered a new skill! I love being a part of the process to get there. My playdates will include a lot of learning as I like for the children to be cultured and grow to be more self-sufficient every single day!

Danielle Bluford

Hi my name is Danielle Bluford and I came from a family of educators. I am a responsible and hardworking young professional. I am currently pursuing my graduate studies in which I left my full-time job. I firmly believe in the power of teamwork. My playdate will surely be filled with fun and group activities in order for the kids to learn the importance of teamwork!

Allegra Epstein

Hi my name is Allegra and I am a music and drama department head at Camp Wawenock, an all girls sleep-away camp. I have also conducted drama activities and directed plays with girls from age 8 to 15. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts Major in Acting. I have signed a contract with a prestigious talent agency and was also part of a Broadway production titled "The Crucible." My playdates will include a lot of acting, role playing, and unlimited experience of fun!

Allison Ciuci

Hi my name is Allison and I am a theater artist living in Brooklyn. I have been babysitting since 14 years old. I have also worked as a theater camp counselor, lifeguard, and a high school and middle school math tutor.

Sarah Wisser

Hi my name is Sarah and I have been babysitting for over 5 years. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts Major in Acting for Film, TV, Voice-overs, and Commercials at PACE University. I was an intern and mentor in multiple children's theater companies and camps. I love engaging in imaginative plays and activities which include all aspects of performing arts. I believe that clear communication, patience, and a positive attitude are all key components to ensure a great time!

Emily Wisser

Hi my name is Emily and I am an NYC-based actress. I graduated from the University of Hartford/The Hartt School wherein I received Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theater minor in English. I have directed and assisted many theatrical kids camp. I love to share my knowledge in the theater with kids in a fun and relaxed environment!

Darby Fulcher

Hi my name is Darby and I have been babysitting for over four years and all my knowledge has gained through babysitting for twins, infants, preteens, and kids of all energy level! I also teach dance, theater, and creative movement in classes to children ranging from 16 months to 16 years old. I recently graduated in PACE University, earning a BFA in Commercial Dance with a concentration in pedagogy. I have a lot experience as a theater camp counselor and teacher, birthday party leader, and a Project Playdate staff member. I like to read, see a show, and explore the city! My playdates will be a lot of reading, dancing, and fun!

Andrew Betz

Hi my name is Andrew and I am a Hamilton Heights-based babysitter, actor, and express train enthusiast. I've been babysitting for 3 years. I am also background checked and CPR and First Aid Certified. I want to make an impact on the family, especially on the child's outlook on life. I love to encourage creativity and cooperation in kids of all ages. My playdates will be full of positivity and creativity!

 

Sean Konopka-White

Hi my name is Sean and I am a local actor and singer, who grew up in a big family so I am very experienced when it comes to babysitting kids of all ages and pets too! I received my BFA in Musical Theater at the University of the Arts. I have experienced working as a teacher in an Autisim Drama Program, wherein I led theater games and other activities to help cultivate social skills. I have also worked as a music teacher in a summer camp and led classes in learning simple music and choreography. My playdates will include a lot of singing, social skills development, games and so much fun!