About Playworks Northern California

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 Northern California

Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Northern California in 2012. Playworks Northern California serves low-income schools across the San Francisco Bay Area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Northern California through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Our Mission


Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Our Vision


Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will have access to safe, fun, healthy play every day.

Our Core Values

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Meet Our People


headshot of Corinne
headshot of Corinne

March 4, 2024

Corinne Tu ›

Corinne first joined Playworks as a Program Coordinator in 2021, dedicated to making a positive impact on school communities in the Bay Area. After serving one year as “Coach Corinne”…

August 31, 2021

Maria Bautista ›

Maria “Coach Mae” first came to Playworks as an AmeriCorps Member, bringing her passion for healthy, inclusive, and meaningful play to students across Los Angeles County. After her years of…

Joe Herring
Joe Herring

August 30, 2021

Joe Herring ›

Joe came to Playworks bringing over fourteen years of experience working in education. He discovered his love for education while teaching at summer camps and found a home at Playworks…

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We’re hiring! Join us on the playground or behind the scenes.

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