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 O’Neil, better known as Coco, has been with Playworks PA team for seven years. She is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident and is not shy about her love for the City of Philadelphia, its schools, and the students. In her…

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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