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

Corrie O’Neil ›

Corrie joined the Playworks team in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member at Penrose Elementary in Southwest Philly. After completing her 1700 hours, she hung up her whistle and transitioned into the Program Manager position before accepting the Training & Regional…

February 23, 2018

Dontae Privette ›

Dontae is ecstatic about joining the team at Playworks as an Engagement Specialist and is a strong believer in the impact of play. After studying psychology at Kutztown University, Dontae developed a deep passion for creating accessible youth sports opportunities…

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