About GiGi’s Playhouse

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GiGi’s Playhouse is all about achievement, belief and confidence. Serving children and adults of all ages, Playhouses across the country offer 30 educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential. Our literacy program alone teaches thousands of kids with Down syndrome to read every year! Founded by GiGi’s Mom in 2003 as a single location in Hoffman Estates, IL, GiGi’s Playhouse has grown into a strong network of 16 Playhouses including the first international Playhouse in Queretaro, Mexico. Last year, over 16,000 participants benefited from Playhouse programs.

Our distinct locations, no-fee programs, and positive energy help support thousands of families every single year. With that said, helping children and adults at GiGi’s Playhouse extends beyond the Down syndrome diagnosis. Our global message is acceptance. If you believe in a kinder and more accepting world for everyone, GiGi’s Playhouse is a place for you. If helping kids and adults pursue their education and wellness is important to you, GiGi’s Playhouse is a place for you.

GiGi’s Playhouse continues to celebrate the many achievements of our participants, develop new programs to benefit our participants, and work tirelessly to change society’s outdated perceptions about the amazing potential of individuals with Down syndrome. GiGi’s Playhouse “One Million Voices” Traveling Gallery is a beautiful and powerful resource to show the world how much individuals with Down syndrome can truly achieve. In that three months, GiGi’s Playhouse has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Kate Snow and Tom Brokaw’s “An American Story” Radio Show. Currently there are more than 100 inquiries for new Playhouses worldwide.

Please explore our programs, Playhouse stories, and opportunities to support our amazing kids and adults. Thank you for believing in us!

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