About Playworks Arizona

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

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April 11, 2018

Kerryann Tomlinson ›

Kerryann Tomlinson is the Executive Director of Playworks Arizona. She brings over 22 years of experience serving in the nonprofit, corporate, and sports/entertainment sectors to her role. Kerryann holds a masters in social work from the University of Connecticut. Prior to…

October 2, 2017

Kara Largent ›

Born and raised in Phoenix, Kara spent the first fifteen years of her career in public education, first as a teacher then Assistant Principal and finally Principal. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and her Masters in…

August 14, 2018

Amber Checky ›

Amber Checky began her Playworks journey in 2010 as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for Playworks Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she moved to Boston hoping to pursue a position working with underprivileged youth in a diverse community. Wearing…

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