The Life is Good Kids Foundation is spreading the power of optimism to help kids heal.

The Life is Good Playmakers

The Signature Program of the Kids Foundation

The term “Playmaker” comes from sports and refers to someone who makes good things happen when their team needs them most.

Simply put, a Life is Good Playmaker is someone who spreads the power of optimism to children who desperately need it.

Through our signature Playmaker Program, the Life is Good Kids Foundation supports the men & women who dedicate their careers to helping children heal from the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.

We provide retreats, tools, and on-going coaching to more than 10,000 childcare professionals (that we call Playmakers) working in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies across the US and Haiti.  We help these professionals transform their care settings into optimal environments for kids to learn, heal, and thrive.

Each year our work with Playmakers helps more than 1 million kids overcome the traumas associated with poverty, violence, and illness.

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Through our Playmaker Program the Life is Good Kids Foundation partners with schools, hospitals, social service agencies and enrichment programs across the country.

Some of our program partners include:


Do You Work With Kids?

We offer a limited number of public retreats for individual childcare professionals working with children impacted by trauma. Learn more about attending a Playmaker Two-Day Retreat by clicking below.

Our Founder & Chief


Our Chief Playmaker, Steve Gross, MSW, is a clinical social worker and a pioneer in the field of using playful engagement and relationships to overcome the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.

Steve’s talents have been called upon to respond to some of the greatest catastrophes of our time. At the heart of his work, Steve helps others discover the power of optimism so that they can build resilience and bring greater joy, connection, courage and creativity to their lives.


“Life is Good Playmakers is absolutely the most amazing program that I have encountered and I’ve been doing this work for 30 years.”

– Pam Mottley, M.ED.
Retired Consultant for the Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute


“If we want to have a society that works we would incorporate the things that the Life is Good Playmakers does in every school curriculum.”

– Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Medical Director of The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute


“Life is Good Playmakers is brilliantly simple. They have created something truly revolutionary in our field.”

– Nick Hoffman
Executive Director, Newtown Youth Academy