GiGi's Playhouse Tampa-Down Syndrome Achievement Center
GiGi’s Playhouse is a network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers with the mission to change the way the world views Down syndrome through community campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome and their families. GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa will make a lifetime commitment to support and empower families from prenatal diagnosis, birth and through to adulthood by offering no-cost therapeutic, educational and career development programs. Founded by a mother in Illinois 14 years ago, GiGi’s Playhouse has grown to 37 Playhouses in the U.S. and Mexico. Tampa will be the 3rd Florida location. In early 2016, a group of impassioned parents and individuals formed a start-up team with the goal of opening a GiGi’s Playhouse in the Tampa Bay area. After demonstrating the commitment and need in the community, the Tampa location was approved by the national non-profit organization to open an affiliate to serve the estimated 3400 individuals with Down syndrome living in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The Playhouse is expected to open in June/July 2018. The location is currently under renovation and design in the Greenhouse Shoppes, located at 3611 West Hillsborough Ave, Tampa. The 3700 sqf center will bring programs specifically designed for how individuals with Down syndrome learn.