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Homeless Childrens Playtime Project
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About Homeless Childrens Playtime Project
The mission of Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP) is to provide a safe place for children to play, learn, and develop. Founders, Jamila Larson and Regina Kline saw that homeless children were not given the appropriate attention for cognitive and emotional development while living in shelters and transitional housing units. Their organization is based on this idea that playtime is a human right and homeless children are no exception. This agency not only fosters child development, but also provides resources and services to families. HCPP strives to reduce the emotional and physical stressors triggered by homelessness, by providing a safe environment where children can have fun. HCPP offers many programs and services to its clients. Multiple locations in DC work with HCPP to ensure that children have playtime as part of their day. These locations include: DC General, Turning Point, New Beginning, Hope Apartments, and Dash Cornerstone. There are thirteen programs for young children. Each week volunteers provide their services such as playing games, working on art projects, or one on one play. Volunteers also provide services to families by supplying clothing donations, school supplies and referrals to other helpful agencies. Field trips are offered to older children who would like to explore the nation’s capital. There is also a preteen program for children from third to eighth grade at DC General. Volunteers also advocate and support teens experiencing homelessness. There are three weekly teen programs that nurture self-empowerment and healthy socialization. Volunteers tutor teens, offer school supplies, and help with school enrollment.
1525 Newton St., NW, Washington, DC 20010
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