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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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

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…

September 10, 2018

Emily Goldhammer ›

Emily joined the Playworks team in 2016 serving as an AmeriCorps member and is passionate about helping children find confidence through physical activity and play. With diverse experience as a cost analyst and adaptive swim instructor, she brings a mix…

August 5, 2019

Danielle Marshall ›

Danielle Marshall is the Executive Director of Playworks Maryland. She brings over 20 years of experience in child development and nonprofit management. Danielle began her journey working as a Program Director for Jumpstart for Young Children, a nonprofit dedicated to…

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