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.