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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Latest News

February 12, 2020

Ms. Weston: Taylor School’s Lunch Monitor and Four-Square MVP ›

Ms. Weston is a lunch monitor at the Taylor Elementary School in Dorchester. She has been a member of the Taylor School community for six years.  Many of the kids at the Taylor call Ms. Weston ‘Nana.’ It’s not hard to see why, as Ms. Weston treats every student at the Taylor School like family.…

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February 11, 2020

Not your mother’s recess: Playworks is helping New Bedford make school recess more productive ›

In the late morning sun on the last day of January, Charles S. Ashley Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders descended upon their playground ready for a recess conducted under the Playworks model.

February 11, 2020

Junior Coach Jasailey is a Kind and Positive Role Model ›

Jasailey is a 4th grade Junior Coach at the Hernandez Elementary School in Dorchester. Coach Kayleigh, the AmeriCorps Coach at the Hernandez, nominated Jasailey as Junior Coach of the Month because of all her hard work and consistency in the Junior Coach Program. Junior Coach Jasailey has never missed a training and always shows up…

February 7, 2020

Coach Kaitlin Transforms Recess in Taunton ›

Coach Kaitlin is a site coordinator working in four elementary schools in Taunton, MA. This is the first year Playworks has worked in the Taunton School District, but already Coach Kait has transformed recess and built meaningful relationships with staff and students. As a site coordinator, Coach Kait rotates between four schools, spending a week…

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Upcoming Events

March 26, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Rock Paper Scissors Tournament ›

Where: Bell in Hand Tavern 45 Union Street Boston, MA 02108 When: Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Benefiting Playworks Programs in Boston Public Schools…

May 08, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Playworks New England Get in the Game Breakfast 2020 ›

Join us for our annual Get In The Game Breakfast Please join us as we celebrate thousands of students having access to safe and healthy play everyday. This event will…

May 16, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

Playworks Eleventh Annual Run for Recess ›

Join us for the Tenth Annual Playworks Run for Recess, a family-friendly 5K and One-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 16. Run for Recess offers opportunities for the whole family to…

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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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67 Kemble Street, Suite 3.6
Boston, MA 02119

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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