Food Stamp Challenge: November 17-21

Join us in the Food Stamp Challenge November 17-21. While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the the struggles encountered by families every...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Family Homelessness

1. Families now make up the majority of the homeless population in DC. Families have come to represent the majority of the homeless population in the District of Columbia. In...

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The Children Spoke. The Leaders Listened.

We are grateful to the DC Council, the Department of General Services and the Mayor’s office for finding a way to build a playground at DC General. With the support of...

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Play Through Time Fundraiser Recap

We are so grateful to everyone who ensured the success of our annual fall fundraiser. Thank you to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for hosting us, our volunteer...

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“The Law Should Protect Kids”

Playtime spoke out on behalf of missing and exploited youth last week before the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety at a public hearing on the “Sex Trafficking of Minors...

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Help Families Home

Meet some of our children and families through this powerful video. Raise awareness for the issues that our families face by sharing it with your networks.

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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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