About Playworks of Greater Washington DC

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 of Greater Washington DC


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Washington, DC in 2006. Playworks of Greater Washington DC serves low-income schools across the area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across the area through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

Christopher “Topher” Anuzis ›

Topher's passion for play and working with kids stems from his days as "vaditaj" – or counselor – at the Latvian Heritage Camp he attended in his youth. There he learned the value of teaching children and the joy that comes from connecting…

October 17, 2017

Jennifer Oxley ›

Jennifer brings enthusiasm, innovation, and performance to every endeavor she pursues. Her career spans over 20 years in nonprofit leadership, revenue generation, partnerships, and membership. Jennifer most recently served as Executive Director of the Fulbright Association, where she launched new mission-driven programs, accelerated…

September 22, 2017

Lakia Meriwether ›

After serving three years as an AmeriCorps coach, Lakia is excited for her role as site coordinator for Playworks DC. Lakia earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Trinity University. She applied her studies while coaching girls basketball at Drew…

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