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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March 11, 2021

Bertina Denogean ›

Bertina “Coach B” Denogean came to Playworks as an AmeriCorps member in 2012. As an educator on the playground, Coach B thrived on the opportunity to make a positive and meaningful impact on the students and adults she served. In…

Matt Bailey Photo
Matt Bailey Photo

August 24, 2021

Matt Bailey ›

Matt began his journey with Playworks early on as a child, serving as an influential recess leader through our Junior Coach Program. As a Junior Coach, he led games, solved conflicts, and lead through respect and inclusion. Through Matt’s five-year…

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 six years ago. Joe started with Playworks serving two years…

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