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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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


September 22, 2017

Shauna McDonald ›

Shauna McDonald is the Executive Director of Playworks Minnesota. In this role, Shauna is responsible for growing Playworks impact and long term sustainability in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Shauna joined Playworks in 2015 inspired by the vision…

September 22, 2017

Abigail “Abs” MacLaren ›

Abigail MacLaren (or “Coach Abs” on the playground) is the Program Director for Playworks Minnesota. A Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota, her original form of “play” came from the theater. A Bachelor of…

July 20, 2018

Chloe Czaplewski ›

Chloe discovered her dedication for the Playworks mission in her two years as an AmeriCorps member with the Minnesota team. As the Senior Development Associate, Chloe enjoys building and maintaining healthy relationships with a diverse group of partners, community members,…

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