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About Us

It takes a whole village to raise a child

-Nigerian Proverb
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 What We Do

Play Cousins Collective is a Black family collective that aims to create a world where children can live, play, and prosper freely. We do this by sharing positive and gentle child rearing techniques that serve to liberate and heal us from generational wounds and traumas. Play Cousins Collective provides caregiver support, youth enrichment, childcare, community healing, and civic engagement services rooted in ancestral methods of healing, resilience, and liberation.

The collective is made up of families who look like us in order to serve their unique needs, heal generational traumas, and build a network that protects them from systemic oppression and racism. We believe that families and communities can be healed through intentional parenting and self-love. Through our programs, adults in our village gain the healing tools needed to become pillars of strength and resource; and children receive the guidance needed to become lifelong learners.

Located in Louisville, Kentucky our focus is nurturing a community of care for Black families. We aim to build a village around our children through Afrocentric approaches.

How We Started

Play Cousins Collective was formed in 2017 by a small group of concerned parents. They sought guidance on gentle child-rearing, wanted support on healing from generational trauma, desired more connection with other parents, and were eager to participate in community meetings, but needed childcare at meetings in order to fully engage. They began meeting together to discuss the community they wanted to create: a community centered on healthy villages of support for Louisville’s Black families. Play Cousins Collective formed to serve as a foundation for those goals. Parents from the first PCC meetings are now PCC staff, volunteers, and members.

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Play Cousins has been community, sisterhood, ancestral, love, enrichment, and a home away from home!!! Thank you guys for being who you are. I am because you are!!!!



Meet the Team

Board Members

Mikal Forbush, Co-Chair

Dr. Camara Douglas, Treasurer 

Simmons College of Kentucky

Dr. Brandy Kelly-Pryor, Co-Chair

BKP Strategies

Jasmine Presley, Secretary

The Presley Post 

Robin Hawkins Faulkner

Louisville Metro Government

Dr. Martin

Martin & Muir Counseling

Dr. Terri Davenport, Vice President

Early Childhood Compliance & Comprehensive Services Specialist, JCPS

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