About Playworks 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 Washington, DC

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

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September 22, 2017

Kanya Shabazz ›

Kanya comes to Playworks with many years of non-profit management and youth development experience. Before joining Playworks, Kanya served as Manager of Health Innovations at Children’s National Health System, administering projects addressing pediatric disparities in asthma, obesity, and diabetes. She…

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…

September 22, 2017

Sarah Ash ›

Sarah is excited to bring her background in recreation leadership to her new role at Playworks DC. Originally from Long Island, New York, Sarah’s previous youth development experience comes from working as a camp and retreat center program director and leadership…

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