About Playworks Colorado

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 Colorado in 2010. Playworks Colorado serves low-income schools across Denver, Aurora, and Mapleton through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Colorado through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet our People


September 22, 2017

Ellen Jenks ›

Ellen began working with youth at summer camps and after school programs at the age of 15. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Ellen has always enjoyed exploring the outdoors and being physically active. In 2012, Ellen was hired as a Program Coordinator…

July 18, 2019

Shaena Swanson ›

Shaena received her bachelor’s in exercise science from Augsburg College in 2016. Shortly after graduating, she found a role as a program coordinator for Playworks Minnesota, and discovered a passion for working with youth. After three years of bringing healthy…

October 1, 2017

Jessica Montoya ›

Born and raised in New York, Jessica moved to colorful Colorado in 2009 to pursue a BA in Political Science at University of Colorado at Boulder. Sko Buffs! Upon graduation, Jessica was drawn to the nonprofit sector after a few…

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