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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

Playtime is committed to supporting families and their mental health.

Playtime testified at the DC Department of Human Services budget hearing before the D.C. City Council. We asked council members to focus on prevention of the cycle of family homelessness in D.C.’s homeless services continuum. The city must provide comprehensive case management for children who have experienced homelessness, increasing their access to essential education, health, and basic services, and decreasing their chances of experiencing homelessness as older youth or adults.

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our society in profound ways, often exacerbating social and economic inequalities in its wake. While students have demonstrated resiliency and tenacity to continue their education throughout the pandemic, many parents are concerned about COVID learning loss and pandemic school push-out.