Playworks New England

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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May 16, 2017

Coach Kyhree Makes Excellent Happen ›

Coach Kyhree is a first-year recess team lead at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS) in Hyde Park. Over the course of the school year, Coach Kyhree has proven to be incredibly dedicated to all aspects of his work. Coach Kyhree has been able to build a strong program and cultivate great relationships with all…

May 15, 2017

Massachusetts Service Alliance Members Prepare for a Year of Service ›

Boston, MA—September 16, 2016—The 2016-17 school year marks the third year of a partnership between Playworks Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Service Alliance. Playworks Massachusetts will recruit 15 AmeriCorps members for the current school year, directly serving 14 high-need schools throughout Massachusetts.  "Our partnership with the Massachusetts Service Alliance is one that we deeply value. It is critical to our sustainability and expansion…

April 20, 2017

Positive Tracks Supports Two Playworks Boston Marathon Runners ›

The Playworks Boston Marathon Run for Recess team officially completed the 121st Boston Marathon this past week. But for two of our runners, Mark Adamiak and Victoria Kay, the work does not stop there. Mark and Victoria not only trained for the Boston Marathon and raised funds for Playworks, but every dollar they raised was…

April 14, 2017

Coach Trevor Makes Excellent Happen ›

Coach Trevor is a first-year program coordinator at Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester. He is passionate about making a difference in the community and is dedicated to his role as a Playworks coach. Coach Trevor has implemented an incredible program at Trotter, ensuring that all of his students feel safe, welcomed, and included throughout the…

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Upcoming Events


November 7 @ 4:30 pm

#RecessRocksinRI Playshop 2017 ›

Want to become part of #RecessRocksinRI? Interested in learning strategies to improve recess at your school? Looking for tools and tips to increase play and physical activity in your program?…

November 16 @ 6:30 pm

Rock Paper Scissors Tournament ›

Where: Back Bay Social Club 867 Boylston St Boston, MA 02199 When: Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. Tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Benefiting the 2017 Playworks Girl’s Basketball League…

October 6, 2018

2018 Playworks Run for Recess Boston Marathon Team ›

2018 PLAYWORKS RUN FOR RECESS BOSTON MARATHON TEAM Playworks is thrilled to be an official charity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Partner Boston Marathon Program. Over the past five years,…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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