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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Meet Our People


September 11, 2018

Austin Zeller ›

Austin has always felt a connection to the power of play. He first joined the Playworks team in 2017. “Coach Stin” as he goes by on the school yard, began as a program coordinator with Playworks Southern California before transitioning…

September 21, 2021

Phallon DePante ›

Phallon has been a member of the Playworks PA team for 4 years! After serving 3 years as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, she is ecstatic to bring her program driven experience and meticulous organizational skills to take on her new…

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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