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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April 21, 2021

How to Fund a Playworks Partnership ›

Playworks is looking forward to stepping up as a key partner for our schools as the new school year launches this fall. Among all of the competing priorities for recovery, Playworks stands out as an evidence-based solution for improving school culture, regaining instructional time, and improving student feelings of safety. This long-standing track record also…

April 6, 2021

Playworks helps launch Boston Back in Motion to get kids moving this spring ›

A month-long effort to improve the health and well-being of youth as kids head back to the classroom Recognizing that physical activity is more important than ever, a group of local nonprofit partners launched Boston Back in Motion – an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to…

March 23, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 17, 2021

Safe Return to Recess ›

“Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development… After ‘socially isolating’ one could argue that socializing children through regular recess should be a top priority.” – American Academy of Pediatrics Playworks believes in using the power of play to bring out the best in every…

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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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