Parents Launch a MySpace Style Secure Website for Moms, Babies and Playgroups -- Over 5000 Members in 5 Months

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iPlaygroups.com is a free services for parents to use to connect with other parents. It has ballooned to over 5,000 members in 5 months and is growing steadily every day. There are more than 480 playgroups registered around the country including in Alaska and Hawaii.

iPlaygroups.com was launched in April to provide moms, dads, guardians, and caregivers a safe and secure network to help enhance the friendships, organization, and security of playgroup members and their children. iPlaygroups.com ballooned to over 5,000 members in 5 months and is growing steadily every day. There are more than 480 playgroups registered around the country including in Alaska and Hawaii.

iPlaygroups.com was started because the founding parents were uncomfortable with the amount of information they were able to find about other parents and their playgroup activities through simple searches and other playgroup websites. Their own local playgroups would post playgroup activities on an insecure website for all eyes to see or send out multiple emails announcing upcoming activities. With iPlayGroups, users must login in to view their group activities and all information is kept private within the group.

With a MySpace like “friends” system moms are able to limit access to their profile and to their baby’s profile. Contacting a new mom or requesting to join a playgroup is all done through the safety of the site, helping to keep parents’ information private. Babies even have their own profile and “friend” list. Only accepted group members can view the upcoming events and activities for the group. This helps keep playgroup events private. Invitations and RSVPs can be sent directly through iPlayGroups.com, which helps keep track of whose attending events. The site also features a Blog area and classified listings.

iPlaygroups.com is not only a great tool for existing playgroups, but it also helps moms connect when they move or don’t know other parents in their area. They can easily search for parents with similar interests.

Shandley Phillips, co-founder, says, “It’s a great way to stay in touch with long-distance friends and for parents to connect to discuss similar issues and they don’t have to be in the same city. iPlayGroups allows for playgroups that meet every week or completely virtual playgroups.”

A member recently wrote, “As a stay-at-home Mom it has been hard for me to meet other Moms in my area. iplaygroups.com has been wonderful in connecting me not only with other Moms in my area, but all over the country. I have received wonderful advice from them as well as the peace of mind that when I'm having a tough day, I'm not the only one!”

Unlike other playgroup websites, iPlayGroups.com is free to all members who want to start or join a playgroup.

iPlayGroups was started by a mom and dad team, Shandley and Allyson Phillips, with experience in secure Internet based networks and a special expertise in the financial services field. The creators currently run and host iPlayGroups.com with their own funding. They are also the co-founders of Kiley Madison, Inc.

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