Play at the Core


Play At The Core is Right To Play's community-building program focusing in early childhood education. 

We catalyze local action and unlock the existing capacity of educators in under-supported communities, all through the power of play. We accomplish this through community-based needs assessments; tailored experiential learning forums; individualized coaching support; and ongoing resource development.

Now wrapping up our fifth year, Play at the Core serves over 35 early childhood education centers throughout high-need communities in the Bronx, Harlem, Washington Heights, and Brooklyn. Through our programming, we've developed truly collaborative partnerships that support individuals to redefine both play and learning as they wrestle with the greatest challenges in their classrooms and communities. This promotes child development programming that is more holistic, more intentionally-implemented, and more locally-owned, ultimately leading to significant and sustainable gain s in education program quality.

Read the 2016 PATC Program Report to learn more about our work in the 2015-16 school year.


Serving the NYC communities that need it most – throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Washington Heights. Programming supports nearly 30 different early learning centers.

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Play at the Core is improving learning environments and promoting increased opportunities and achievement for the children impacted.

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Designed to train, coach, and build the skills of the most important adults in a young child’s life.

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Our work is made possible through partnerships with City agencies and a growing network of Community-Based Organizations.

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