Preteen Program Hosts Midsummer Gala

Playtime’s Preteen Program at DC General hosted a Midsummer Gala in July.  It was an invitation-only event, and the esteemed attendees varied from Nobel Peace Prize winners, Time...

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NASA Astronaut Touches Down at Playtime!

Charles Bolden, a former astronaut and the first African American NASA administrator, stopped by D.C. General on June 30 to teach the “next generation of explorers” the basics of...

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Thank You, Playtime Supporters!

Thank you to everyone who supported our #DoMore24 fund on June 4th; we raised nearly $3,500 in less than 24 hours, which is more than enough to send 10 children ago sleep away...

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NEW PHOTOS: Defenders of Play Conquer our 5K!

Thank you for helping us make our Defender of Play 5K the most successful one yet! We had over 400 individuals register and raised $28,691. Event photos Click the photo to...

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Speaking Up for Children

Heather Wade, Site Manager for DC General Playtime, provided testimony at last week’s Performance Oversight Hearing of the Department of Health & Human Services. The DC...

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Lessons Relisha Taught Us: One Year Later

By Jamila Larson, Executive Director Relisha Rudd is a sweet, trusting, playful child who loved making art and being a big sister to her three little brothers. Her disappearance...

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What We Do

We believe that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status. We seek to help create a city that provides every opportunity for homeless children to succeed by advocating for affordable housing and safe shelters for all families. Since 2004, our trained and screened volunteers provide weekly activities, healthy snacks, […]

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Why Play?

While it is well-documented that homelessness causes physical, emotional, and developmental harm to children, the resources that serve them are shrinking and largely inaccessible. Children are often left to manage the trauma of homelessness on their own, and consequently, a disproportionate number of children in shelters suffer from emotional, behavioral, and learning problems. A recent […]

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Get Involved

Ways to  get involved with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project: Volunteer training occurs once a month and there’s always a drive going on. View our immediate needs and learn more about all the ways you can give back…

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