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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January 21, 2022

BBC The Compass: Why We Play ›

Coach Kelley, who now serves as a Playworks Coach at the elementary school he attended in Boston, shares with BBC‘s The Compass the important role of safe and healthy play on their recent episode.

January 20, 2022

How to Talk to Kids About Losing ›

Kids struggle with losing during play every day. Here are some tips, gathered from Playworks staff across the country, on how to empathetically talk to kids about losing, whether it be getting out in Four Square, missing the game winning basket, or not getting a chance to be “it” in the tag game. Regardless of…

January 14, 2022

2021-22 Mid-Year Report: Adjusting and Adapting ›

As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19, Playworks has leaned into the healing power of play to strengthen and support our communities.  Our partners have allowed us to ensure that kids across New England feel safe within their school, are supported by adult role models, and have access to positive outlets for…

December 30, 2021

Looking Forward to Joy in 2022 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy: what it means to us, how it shows up in our lives, and how to share it this holiday season.  We heard from five Playworks coaches on our Instagram about what joy looks like at their schools. We’ve polled you on whether…

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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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Playworks New England
c/o ED Jon Gay
638 South Street
Boston, MA 02131

t: 617.708.1734
f: 617.849.5791

         

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Playworks New England is grateful for the support of the following regional movement partners:

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