New Shelters to be Unveiled in All 8 Wards

Are you ready to advocate for safe, dignified support for children facing homelessness?

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Snow Days: Less Fun for Homeless Families

There are already many hundreds of families living in shelters and motels in the DC metro area, and the system is receiving roughly another 100 individuals each week who are seeking emergency shelter. And that was before the snowstorm!

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We Are Still Dreaming with Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are dreaming of a world in which all of our children are treated with the dignity their personhood deserves.

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What Keeps Homeless Children Out of Class?

Children facing homelessness have the odds stacked against them. Playtime works to support children’s school engagement so that they can succeed in life.

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3 Ways to Help Children in 2016

How will you make 2016 a year of transformation and joy for children experiencing homelessness?

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Double Your Impact with Playtime!

Now is the time to double your impact with Playtime. This is the season where giving even a little can make a big difference.

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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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Ways to 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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