Play at the Core​​

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Play at the Core is Right To Play’s signature early childhood intervention program that promotes purposeful play as the vehicle for learning and supporting healthy development in disadvantaged communities throughout New York City.

For the past four years, Play at the Core has been transforming early childhood education in marginalized communities with a simple but revolutionary idea: play can be the key to social change. We believe that for children to be successful in school and beyond, play needs to be embraced as a tool for learning, not a break from it. To a young child, play isn’t just everything, it’s the only thing. Play is how they think, relate to others, express themselves, and grow. By harnessing the limitless potential of play at an early age, we’ve created an integrated model that supports all domains of early childhood development.

Together with our partners at the NYC Department of Education (DoE) and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) we work with pre-K teachers, caregivers, and community leaders to strengthen existing support systems and sustainably deliver play-based programming that intentionally supports early childhood development. Play at the Core supports a growing network of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Washington Heights.


Read the 2016 PATC Program Report to learn more about our work in the 2015-16 school year.

Serving the NYC communities that need it most – throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Washington Heights. Programming supports nearly 30 different early learning centers.

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Play at the Core is improving learning environments and promoting increased opportunities and achievement for the children impacted.

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Designed to train, coach, and build the skills of the most important adults in a young child’s life.

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Our work is made possible through partnerships with City agencies and a growing network of Community-Based Organizations.

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