Carrie Shoup, M.A.
I began working with children as a youth softball coach while completing my undergraduate degree at The University of Notre Dame. After graduating I moved to London to work as an ambassador for the sport of softball and developed youth leagues throughout the country. I returned to the US to teach preschool while completing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Loyola Marymount University. While teaching preschool, I became interested in the behavior of young children and shifted to working as a behavior analyst for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. After spending 6 years helping parents to better understand and connect with their children, I became a mother myself. During the early months of being a mother, I realized how isolating and challenging the transition can be. I wanted to create a place where parents and kids feel supported and have fun, thus, the idea for PlayLab was born!
After my daughter was old enough, we started to explore the local play places and I was inspired to design an amazing playspace that would be perfectly accessible for infants and toddlers, where different aged children, up to preschool and kinder, could safely mingle and play together. I loved the idea of making a place for parents to find play groups, Parent & Me classes, and supportive parenting groups especially in the early years, when parents really want to connect with other local families.