About Jill and Jillybeans
I'm so glad you're here! Welcome to the Jillybeans website. I'm Jill, and I empower parents & caretakers to connect & engage with their little ones through simple developmental play setups. I’ve been an early childhood educator for almost 15 years. I also recently became a mom to my daughter, Rae.
I’ve seen how important play is for children. It’s how they learn best! I want to make play feel accessible & show how it can be both purposeful & fun. My dream is to use my experience as a teacher to create in-home opportunities for families, similar to the types of developmental play activities I set up in the classroom.
As a parent, I know how difficult it is to get through the day. That’s why my approach to play makes it simple & easy for parents to facilitate play while working toward developmental milestones. I know that even on the hardest of days, I can get down on the floor with my daughter & play. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, I know I’m doing something wonderful & beneficial for both of us.
I also recognize how much support & community matters right now. This is what Jillybeans is all about! I’ve created this space for parents and caretakers everywhere.
You may be saying to yourself... “What do I do with my child all day?” “Am I stimulating my baby enough when we play? “What toys should I be buying?” “Where do I even start?”
Playing with a purpose can feel incredibly overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.
You’ve tried Googling for a solution but it's never quite a fit. Plus as a busy parent, who has time for that? You end up just feeling more exhausted and tapping out!
What if you could get personalized and simple play ideas that would work towards developmental milestones using household items that you likely have already?
Well, now you can!
As a mom myself I get it, and I’m here for you.
If there's one thing I've learned as a developmental play educator, it's that every child is incredibly unique and that every phase is different. That means that the approach to engaging a child won't be “one size fits all.”
My #PlayItOut consultations provide a custom play and activity plan specifically tailored to YOUR child’s interests and developmental goals so you can feel confident and excited about playtime, create simple, engaging, meaningful play experiences your child will WANT to explore, support your child’s development, and make the most out of your child’s toy collection. I can't wait to support you on your child's play journey!
Jillybeans virtual classes highlight all the fun and excitement of interacting with your child and connecting with other families. Classes include sensory exploration, simple play setups, music and movement, all using household items and materials.
Whatever it is your little one is working on or working through, play can support it. Learn to engage and play with purpose while supporting your child's development and growth.
To learn about upcoming group virtual classes, follow @jillybeansnyc on Instagram or join the Jillybeans mailing list.
Looking to set up a virtual class for a private group?