About Playworks Illinois

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Illinois in 2011. Playworks Illinois serves low-income schools through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Illinois through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

Colleen Harvey ›

Colleen Harvey has been a strong believer in the power of Playworks for nearly 10 years. In 2006, she started with Playworks Maryland as a program coordinator for one year and a program manager the next year. She then moved…

September 22, 2017

Lee Ann Eiland ›

A Chicago native, Lee Ann has recently joined the Playworks Illinois staff as the Development Manager.  She will support all facets of Chicago’s foundation and corporate partnerships as well as individual donor fundraising efforts.  Having worked in development at social…

September 22, 2017

Louis Marquis ›

A Wisconsin native and life-long Packer fan, Louis spent three years with Playworks working for schools in the greater Los Angeles area. He started off with Playworks as an AmeriCorps coach on the playground—drawing on years of experience working in outdoor leadership settings as…

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