We're so happy you're here!
We're Jodi and Anne, co-founders of grOH! Playrooms, an educational design firm in Washington, DC. We create spaces for our clients (and for our own families) that sit at the intersection of play, education, and good design.
Before becoming entrepreneurs, we spent many years as educators, spanning grades and ages. Now our combined 20+ years in schools, teaching children, collaborating with families, and writing curriculum is not only the foundation of our company, but also it is firmly rooted in every design and organization decision we make with our clients. Our expertise in children inspires the colors we use, the products we choose, and the elements we install in our projects. grOH! play spaces are beautiful and soothing, but most importantly, they WORK for children and their families.
grOH! Playrooms was born in 2017 while we were both on maternity leave. We were sitting on the floor of Jodi's playroom, and, essentially, with the simple sentence, " I think we should start a business", we did just that.
Quite a decision to make so quickly, right? Not for us! It took mere seconds to agree that play is at the center of childhood (of learning, growing, and relationship building), but play is hard for busy families, and we know how to help! The answer is not so complicated: create inviting, organized, and purposeful play spaces because they change the daily experience of EVERYONE in the household.
Research tells us that we, as humans, are incredibly impacted by our environment. This is true for both grownups and their children. We are happier and more productive in a well designed and organized space. For children, this translates to higher quality play, development of independence, decreases in unwanted behavior etc.
You are your child's first teacher. Your child's environment is the second; it serves as the foundation of their learning experiences. Every child deserves a space where they feel safe, curious, and inspired to learn. Every grownup deserves to feel equipped to give their children what they need to thrive.
We would love to hear from you, so please reach out to us with any questions. If you would like help with any of your spaces or have a project in mind, we would love to support you and your family! Let's all grOH! together!
Jodi + Anne