About Playworks Pacific Northwest

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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Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Pacific Northwest in 2009. Playworks Pacific Northwest serves low-income schools across the Portland metro area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Pacific Northwest through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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October 17, 2017

Asia Wisecarver ›

A Northwest native, Asia Wisecarver joined Playworks in 2015. She graduated from Stevenson High School in southwest Washington in 2000 and attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where she received a degree in Psychology in 2004. Her latest educational journey…

September 22, 2017

Ruby Primas ›

Ruby joined Playworks as a program coordinator in 2009 promoting positive recess culture for several different schools in Portland area. As a site coordinator, Ruby is excited to bring positive play to many school communities in the Pacific Northwest. Ruby…

November 15, 2017

David Sims ›

Program Director David Sims joined Playworks in 2017. A longtime Portland-metro resident, David graduated from Gresham High School, and then went on to pursue a degree in physical education at Western Oregon University. After graduating from college, he learned that…

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