About Playworks Wisconsin

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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Meet Playworks Wisconsin


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Wisconsin in 2012. Playworks Wisconsin serves low-income schools across the Greater Milwaukee metro area and southern Wisconsin through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Wisconsin through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

PJ Dever ›

As Associate Director, PJ is responsible for leading and developing sustainable impact in Wisconsin and oversees two program managers, six site coordinators, and two Pro trainers that provide a range of services to 50+ schools each year, empowering them to…

September 22, 2017

Jena Barjenbruch ›

As Program Specialist, Jena leads and empowers educators at multiple schools throughout four school districts to independently provide safe and healthy play for their students and ultimately transform overall school climate by delivering high quality on-site consultation and a variety…

September 22, 2017

Courtney Gonnering ›

As a Site Coordinator, Courtney works in four elementary schools in Watertown Unified School District to consult and create a positive recess and school climate.  She is passionate about youth development, play, and creativity. She believes building social and emotional…

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