Why A Space For Play?

Learning is powered by play.

Play is how young children learn and it is essential for healthy development. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Play Space is to enrich young children’s lives through play by providing a welcoming place where young children and their families play, learn and grow together. The vision is to enrich all children's lives through play.  The Play Spaces values are: Welcoming, Inspiring, Encouraging and Learning through Play.

Our Story

ABC Cayuga is a 501-C 3 non profit organization.  We began as a community collaborative working together since 2011 to improve the healthy development of young children in Cayuga County.  ABC Cayuga was founded on the belief that young children need a nurturing community environment to thrive and to meet their developmental milestones.  Over the past five years, ABC Cayuga has been instrumental in initiating, supporting and promoting many community programs and activities aimed at mobilizing community partners to build family strengths and promote healthy development. 

Local families caring for young children described feeling isolated as though they are "parenting on an island".  It can be hard to find a safe, clean space in which young children can play and explore outside the home, as well as meet new friends. We need more play in Cayuga County all year long.  That is one big reason why Play Space was created.

The ABC Cayuga Board of Directors oversees operations of Play Space and other ABC Cayuga activities. 

2018 officers of the Board of Directors:

President                      Margaret (Meg) O’Connell

Vice President              Kathleen Cuddy

Secretary                      Kara Georgi

Treasurer                     Ryan Pine

Board of Directors of ABC:

Sue Barrette

Kathi Craig

Janine Kloiber

Ben Susman

Robert Forcey

Kathleen Cuddy

Amy Avino Bryan

Roger Anthony

Ryan Pine

Elaine Meyers

Lori Boles-Shakow

Kara Georgi

Katie MacIntyre

Margaret O’Connell

Patrick Carbonaro

Thank you to outgoing Board of Director Members for 2017

Patricia Gridley and Carrie Hanno


Nancy Tehan, Director of ABC Cayuga, Inc.

Elizabeth Stilwell, Director of Play Space Operations

Play Facilitators