About Playworks Northern California

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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Meet Playworks Northern California


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Northern California in 2012. Playworks Northern California serves low-income schools across the Twin Cities metro area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Northern California through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

Paul Collins ›

Paul Collins joined the Northern California team in January 2017. Drawn to the power of play in education and human development, Paul brings well over a decade of nonprofit leadership and experience—and another decade of relationship management experience in the…

September 22, 2017

Patricia O’Brien ›

Patricia O’Brien brings a love for play and a wealth of nonprofit experience to Playworks Silicon Valley. She holds a PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Playworks team, she served as Executive Director of San Mateo…

September 22, 2017

Rachel Wyley ›

Rachel Wyley has dedicated 12+ years of service to youth development in the Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Atlanta communities. Prior to joining the Playworks team in January 2017, Rachel served as program director with San Francisco-based nonprofit,…

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