About Playworks Minnesota

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 Minnesota

Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Minnesota in 2010. Playworks Minnesota serves schools across Minnesota through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Minnesota through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Our Core Values

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Every child deserves

• to learn how to be a good friend.

• to feel like a hero.

• a voice.

Playworks outcomes speak for themselves. Last year school principals and teacher reported:

96%more opportunities for inclusion of diverse groups of students.
96%increase in student participation in class activities.
90%decrease in bullying incidents.

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Meet Our People

November 15, 2022

Traneisha English ›

Traneisha English is a Director of Field Operations and has been with Playworks since 2018. She joined Playworks with ten years of experience in youth development and staff management. Prior…

February 3, 2023

Iris Krandel ›

Iris Krandel is the Senior Development Manager for Playworks Minnesota. Her time as a Summer camper and counselor fostered her passion for youth development through play. After completing her B.A.…

August 23, 2023

Isaiah Marshall ›

Isaiah has been a paraprofessional for the last few years working in different elementary schools across the cities, most previously with the Mounds View School District. Isaiah has also spent…

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