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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Meet Our People


March 23, 2022

Rashada Dawan ›

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Rashada Dawan is truly the definition of Every Woman. When she’s not on performing in musical theater production or working on a…

October 4, 2023

Jasmine Jordan ›

Jasmine Henri Jordan is an educator, administrator, and artist based in Chicago, IL. She studied Theatre and Humanities at Florida State University. Jasmine has taught theater and creative writing  in…

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February 1, 2024

Jess Vann ›

Jess joined the Playworks Universe (for you comic book fans!) October of 2023 as the Regional Partnership Director for Indiana and Illinois. She comes with over 18 years’ experience in…

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