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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Meet Our People

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August 10, 2022

Katie DeFusco ›

Katie joins Playworks bringing her passion for youth development and supporting kids’ growth in their confidence and skills through play and extracurricular activities. Prior to Playworks, Katie served as an Americorps member in San Jose, CA, and as a Site…

May 16, 2023

Valentina Casotti ›

Valentina is beginning her Playworks journey as a Northern California Pro Trainer. A Bay Area native, Valentina has over ten years working in the elementary school environment, and prides herself on making incredible connections everywhere she goes. Playing sports has…

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August 1, 2022

Kalie Lamb ›

Kalie “Coach Lamb” joined the Playworks team in 2016 as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator serving her first two years at both Kennedy and Lincoln Elementary in Santa Ana Unified School District. She graduated from California State University Fullerton with a…

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