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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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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September 22, 2017

Ivy Olesh ›

Ivy Olesh is not only the Playworks Pennsylvania Executive Director, she’s also a Playworks mom. A strong supporter of public education in Philadelphia, Ivy was responsible for bringing Playworks to her own neighborhood school several years ago and is thrilled…

September 22, 2017

David Kloss ›

Dave started his career with Playworks as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator way back in 2012, took on the role of Program Manager, Certified Trainer, and is now the Program Director of Playworks PA.  With over ten years of youth development…

February 25, 2020

Jin Hyuk Ho ›

As the Development Manager of Playworks Pennsylvania, Jin helps facilitate partnerships with individual, foundation and corporate funders to improve the health and well-being of children through the power of play. Jin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s…

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