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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July 13, 2021

Jared Beck

Jared Beck, playfully known as JB, is starting his third year with Playworks. Jared has spent 8 years in various youth development programs between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Jared began his tenure with Playworks as a Program Coordinator serving the Alain…

September 20, 2021

Alyssa Welty ›

Alyssa is a compassionate and creative individual whose passion is creating spaces where children feel cared for and understood. Raised in Southern California, she became an east coast transplant when she moved to Pennsylvania to study social work at Eastern…

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…

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