about gigi’s playhouse

mission statement:

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. We offer free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.


GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers; changing lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, families and communities. GiGi’s Playhouse is an inspirational and dedicated place for families to celebrate their child and benefit from free programs that unleash joy, confidence and continuous improvement. Playhouses empower children and adults to achieve their “Best of All” and to pursue their dreams. Founded by GiGi’s Mom, Nancy Gianni, in Hoffman Estates, IL, the organization now includes 32 community Playhouses including the first global Playhouse location in Mexico. Last year, over 26,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from free programs and positive empowerment.

In helping individuals with Down syndrome, we can address our larger vision of global acceptance for people of all abilities. Playhouse programs, marketing and PR campaigns, impact partnerships and community engagements all aim to change society’s outdated perceptions by showcasing participants’ skills, contributions and character.

By breaking down barriers and changing the way the world accepts individuals with Down syndrome, we can foster a daily mindset of life, love, acceptance and hope for everyone.

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of our participants, develop new programs to benefit our participants, and work tirelessly to change society’s outdated perceptions about the amazing potential of individuals with Down syndrome.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!


about gigi’s playhouse hillsborough

GiGi’s Playhouse of Hillsborough opened its’ doors to the community on January 11, 2015. Since that day we have welcomed over 300 families from throughout New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania who have made us apart of lives. As the only location in New Jersey, we have made a lifetime commitment to offer support from diagnosis through adulthood, to build confidence, and to send a global message of acceptance for all, while changing the way the world sees Down syndrome.