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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Meet Playworks Pacific Northwest


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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November 7, 2017

Baylie Wafer ›

Baylie Wafer was an addition to Playworks PacNW in 2016. She graduated from Oregon State University where she studied Human Development and Family Sciences with a Child Development focus. This is where her passion for youth development and community engagement…

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 9, 2017

Anastasia Gaertner ›

Anastasia joined Playworks in January 2016 as an intern before stepping in as interim program associate to finish out the 2015-16 school year. She served as an AmeriCorps program coordinator for the 2016-17 school year and has now returned to…

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