Math and Literacy Tutoring – WE NEED YOU!

Our Math and Literacy one-on-on programs have become high demand. We need volunteers to TUTOR! Please note: tutors must be ages 16 or older. Our Summer Session 2024 is already up and running (June 17th-August 23rd.) But we are always recruiting tutors for our next session! The Fall session will...
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Ready, Set, Go! Take Action

This is a blog by Maya Greengus, GiGi’s Playhouse Madison’s first board member with Down syndrome. Check back often to hear more from Maya, as she plans on sharing throughout the year – here and via our social media channels.  The GiGi’s Playhouse Madison Dash for Down Syndrome is about...

Assume EVERYONE Can- in their own way

By now, you have likely seen this viral and impactful video from NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society). We do believe our Down syndrome community should be given a chance to do whatever they choose to do instead of having others decide that for them. This video really brings that point...

Celebrating our Literacy Tutors for National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month in honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday - a great reason to celebrate our amazing Literacy Tutors!  Our Literacy Program uses research based progressions to help people with Down syndrome learn to read using a framework created by experts.  Although we give our tutors a framework...

A Playhouse Family’s Beautiful Story

Guest blog by Playhouse mom, Missy Miller. Life has a bigger plan for us than we know - rewind to year 2006, it was high school graduation and I had a plan. I thought I always knew what I wanted to do when I was "older" and my career path...
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Are You Ready to Dash?

Our third annual Dash for Down Syndrome is on April 27th at Winnequah Park in Monona. We have a goal of raising $60,000 and we have already raised $35,000! We need YOUR HELP in raising the funds that will not only reach our goal, but more importantly allow us to...
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2024 Dash for Down Syndrome Team Spotlights

Our 3rd annual Dash for Down Syndrome is on April 27th, 2024 at Winnequah Park in Monona. Everyone has their own reasons for participating so we wanted to highlight them for you. To learn more or create your own team, click HERE Scroll down to see all our spotlight teams!...

Community Generosity

Our participant Matt is helping us add donor recognition leaves to our robust donor tree! Our donor tree is beautiful focal point of our Playhouse and represents the generosity of our community. Each leaf represents an individual or organization who has given $1,000 or more through life-time giving (it does...

Incredible Interns

As a 99% volunteer run organization, we rely on the time and talents of all our volunteers. We have so many people willing to give their time to our Playhouse community that we are consistently in the top 5% of annual volunteer hours across our entire network of 58+ Playhouse...

Celebrating a Best of All Moment

Celebrating a 'Best of All' moment is a standard practice during all our programming because our friends are ALWAYS giving their best in all they day. Here's a reminder on what 'Best of all' is: https://gigisplayhouse.org/madison/best-of-all/ This week we are celebrating our GiGiFIT adult participant, Michelle. Michelle is always the...

Adventures in Advocacy

What does it mean to be an advocate? That can depend on the individual but no matter how people choose to advocate, the ultimate goal is to publicly show support of an individual or organization's cause. Our mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and bring...

Down Syndrome Stories- Family Perspective

Guest Blog: Written by Playhouse mom Leah To most people, they will just see Everett happily eating a cracker, but this picture is over a YEAR in the making. We started weekly OT last January for Everett. In September we dropped to every other week. We also have had birth-to-3...