Play Partners

Our Play Partners

Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the following industry leaders…


Read by 4th

Read by 4th is an ever-growing coalition of partners working to ensure all children in Philadelphia read on grade level by the time they reach 4th grade.

Free Library of Philadelphia

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.

Public Citizens for Children + Youth

PCCY works to improve the lives of our region’s children by developing initiatives and advocating for quality health care, child care, public education and family stability.

Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum’s mission is to “Change a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play.”

Community Design Collaborative

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, raising awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities. 

Rebuild Philadelphia

Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in improving community facilities.

Playcare Inc.

Founded in 1989, local, family owned Playcare Inc features preschool and daycare centers that are NECPA accredited and rated 3 out of 3 Stars by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Art Well

Art Well’s mission is to support young people and their communities through multidisciplinary arts expression, education, and creative reflection to celebrate their strengths, thrive while facing complex challenges, and awaken their dreams.

Drexel University

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs.

Smith Memorial Playground

The mission of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse is to provide and promote opportunities for unstructured free play for children.

Penn State Brandywine

A “Big Ten” internationally renowned university close to home, offering baccalaureate and associate degrees and certificate programs taught by award-winning faculty.

Temple University Infant + Child Lab

Temple’s Infant and Child Lab conducts cutting-edge research on spatial development, memory, language development, reading and the role of play in learning.

Fab Youth Philly

Fab Youth Philly is a values-driven organization that SUPPORTS youth-serving organizations, CONNECTS youth development professionals and INNOVATES original programming for children & teens.

Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Fairmount Park Conservancy works as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts which preserve and improve the Fairmount Park System.

West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning

A Drexel University led collaboration of social service and education agencies and community stakeholders working to create an education support system for families, specifically in high need, high poverty neighborhoods.

William Penn Foundation

As a family foundation with its roots firmly planted in Philadelphia, we have been committed to improving the quality of life in the city and the region for the last 70 years.

The School District of Philadelphia

Dedicated to deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education, ensuring all children graduate from high school ready to succeed.

Get Healthy Philly

Get Healthy Philly is dedicated to helping Philadelphians enjoy long and productive lives free from disease, while creating a smoke-free city where healthy eating and active living are easy choices for all residents.


Playworks helps schools and districts make the most of recess through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development, free resources, and more.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the cultural heart of a great city—the place for creative play, with a surprise around every corner.

Child's Play Learning + Development Lab

The Child’s Play, Learning and Development Lab study how children take on the astounding feats of developing language, understanding spatial relationships, and learning through play.

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is the leadership and service hub where regional philanthropy comes together to learn, connect, and take action.


Hume is a science-informed architecture and urban design practice backed by research at its Human Metrics Lab.

The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative

The Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative is dedicated to advancing play as a valued and readily available aspect of daily life for children, adults, and communities in our region. This is done through education and advocacy, playful events, and community resource building.


PopUpPlay builds connections between families, fosters creativity, and inspires innovation through playful activities provide opportunities and experiences in which children and families can design, create, and build all while playing together. Together we transform everyday environments and design powerful learning experiences for families.


MathTalk is a community-based educational technology start up founded in 2015 that helps adults and kids enjoy math everywhere, as it transforms public places into creative early learning math environments, be they public parks, bus stops, barbershops, or bodegas.


KABOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national, and global level.