About Playworks Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Pennsylvania in 2010. Playworks Pennsylvania serves low-income schools across Philadelphia through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Pennsylvania through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet Our People


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February 6, 2023

Charles Hopkins ›

Charles, or Chuck as he prefers, is a fun-loving, active who’s personality is as big as his voice. With over 10 years of management experience and over 4 years of…

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headshot of Joshua

December 5, 2022

Joshua Casares ›

Born in Ecuador and raised in South Jersey, Josh first came to the city of Philadelphia to study at Drexel University. Upon graduating with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering he…

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Headshot of Melissa

December 2, 2022

Melissa A. Marston ›

Melissa’s core value is to champion young people and communities to create sustainable and innovative solutions. She strives to be the biggest cheerleader in what sparks joy and brings people…

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