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We partner with transitional housing and emergency shelters and community spaces across the city, where we create safe and fun play spaces at the shelters where the children live. Weekly volunteers dedicate their time, serving as playmates and mentors to children from 6 months to 12 years old. Learn more.

News & Notes

For twenty years, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project has brought play to children experiencing family housing insecurity. On this 20th anniversary, Playtime Project is evolving with the landscape of housing insecurity, and our updated name and mission statement reflect that.

Meet Jason Wucinski, longtime Playtime Project volunteer. We interviewed Jason about his work with Playtime and what drives him to dedicate his time to providing meaningful play opportunities for children experiencing housing insecurity in the Washington DC area.

Inclusive environments allow children from all backgrounds to feel safe, and the ability to express oneself freely is essential for self-confidence. A month and a half into 2023 programming, we’re observing the children feel the safety of Playtime's physical boundaries—whether it’s a playroom, a school auditorium, or a conference space. In large part, this is due to the positive energy and warmth that our staff and volunteers bring to each site, through their attitudes and activities, as well as the accepting spirit of the children who play with us. Keep reading for their stories.