Reimagining learning, through sensory play!

Live, online & in-person classes & workshops, toys, and one-on-one support. Designed by child-development experts to help children thrive in all areas of their life by doing what they do best - play!

Play 2 Progress

From pregnancy through preschool and beyond, we're a comprehensive resource for parents and families at every age and stage.

From pregnancy through preschool and beyond, we're a comprehensive resource for parents and families at every age and stage.

We are founded under 3 core beliefs:

Every child (and every family!) has differences to celebrate and strengths to embrace. At Play 2 Progress, we apply a deep understanding of the science of child development to help kids thrive in all areas of their lives. It could mean improving motor planning and coordination (sometimes tantrums happen when something is just too tough!), building the skills to manage big feelings and be in control of little bodies, or even teaching new moms to play with their babies in ways that boost physical development and promote cognitive learning.

Play is at the core of child development, providing children with an array of learning opportunities. At Play 2 Progress, we create both individualized and group enrichment opportunities in a nurturing, safe, and fun environment where children can flourish. Individual sessions are custom-designed to help kids reach their unique learning goals through effective programs disguised as play sessions. Group sessions are also custom-designed for learning goals – and the group provides opportunities to teach children how to respond to emotions, work effectively in a team, communicate needs and build friendships.

At Play 2 Progress, we support parental goals by creating a shared vision between all members of a child's support network. With open lines of communication between families, teachers, and coaches, we are able to see a complete picture of each child – and to provide consistent support by helping the whole network use tools that enrich the child's development.

Our Story

Play 2 Progress all started with a simple idea shared between two best friends.

Allie was finishing her occupational therapy clinicals in Chicago (while living on Allison’s couch) and Allison was just starting her career in consulting. Allie came home one day frustrated with the quality of toys available on the market to use in her sessions. Allison, always the business mind, said ‘Let’s fix it! We can make our own toys.’

It was an exciting idea, but they weren’t quite ready for it - yet. Allison went off on a year-long sabbatical in India where she studied yoga and Allie finished her doctorate and began her work as an OT. Not too much later, another problem emerged – parents did not truly understand the science of development. When parenting was new or unexpected, it was scary; it was hard to know where to turn and – too often – the places parents turn are hard-to-understand, overly rigid, or even shaming.

Allie and Allison were both at a crossroads in their careers and wanted to do something more - and Play 2 Progress was finally born. And of course, Allie and Allison never forgot about the toy that first sparked the idea, and P2P’s sustainable and development-based toy line launched just a few years after their doors first opened (whose designer Allison ended up marrying!).

As we build P2P, our guiding light is always to go back to creating an environment that we’d want to raise our own kids within - a place where kids learn and grow through the simple beauty of play, where knowledge empowers and never shames, where parents feel seen, where we honor our kids’ feelings while also acknowledging our own. We are a whole community, and our mission is to help guide families on the messy, beautiful, scary, perfect journey through childhood – because it is a journey and, like any good journey, it will have highs and lows. P2P is here through it all.

We are grateful every day that we get to come to work to create something that we’ve always wished existed, and blessed to get to do it alongside a best friend. It’s truly our privilege to have even a small part in your family’s journey.

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Are you interested in learning more about P2P? Want to partner with us? Just want to say hello? We'd love to meet you :) Send us a note or give us a call anytime.

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Are you interested in learning more about P2P? Want to partner with us? Just want to say hello? We'd love to meet you :) Send us a note or give us a call anytime.

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