About Playworks Illinois

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

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September 22, 2017

Colleen Harvey ›

Colleen Harvey has been a strong believer in the power of Playworks for nearly 10 years. In 2006, she started with Playworks Maryland as a program coordinator for one year and a program manager the next year. She then moved…

September 22, 2017

Debbie Serota ›

Debbie Serota has worked for Playworks since 2008, first as a program coordinator in San Francisco and then in Chicago. After three years on the playground, Debbie transitioned into the program manager role and most recently program director. Originally from…

April 4, 2019

Alexis Hardy ›

Alexis Y. Hardy, MPA possesses over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management and program implementation. She has a history of working with underserved populations and communities. She has her master’s in public administration from Roosevelt University and is certified in…

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