About Playworks Southern California

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 Southern California in 2009. Playworks Southern California serves low-income schools through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Southern California through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Stephanie Bautista PT
Stephanie Bautista PT

August 25, 2021

Stephanie Bautista ›

Stephanie “Coach Stephanie” joined Playworks as a Program Coordinator in 2020, serving as a coach at Woodside Elementary in the Bay Area. After a year of working in Northern California, she transitioned into the role of PRO Trainer and moved…

Glendy Playworker
Glendy Playworker

August 27, 2021

Glendy Ibarra ›

Glendy “Coach Coco” first came to Playworks as an AmeriCorps Coach in 2019 and served two years at Santa Ana elementary schools. As a coach, she quickly realized her love for play, recess, and the Junior Coach Program. The Junior…

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headshot of woman

August 12, 2019

Celeste Soto ›

Celeste joined the Playworks team in July 2019 as Development Director. Her introduction to Playworks came via her previous position with the LA Galaxy Foundation, where she developed her passion for creating avenues for equal access to the power of…

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