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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March 27, 2020

Power of Play: Learning SEL Skills through Games ›

About Playworks Playworks is a nonprofit that serves 3.5 million students in 7000 schools nationwide by providing services that instill the power of play in schools. Playworks’ vision is to make sure every child gets to play, every day. We do this by introducing students to safe and engaging games during recess and classroom game…

March 24, 2020

Coach Jamal brings Joy and Energy to the Hennigan ›

Coach Jamal is the Playworks Coach at the James W. Hennigan K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. This is Jamal’s second year at the Hennigan. Coach Jamal brings a positive attitude to his work every day and has made a big impact on the students he serves. Coach Jamal has been going above and beyond at…

March 24, 2020

Manny Keeps the Ellis School Clean and Ready for Recess ›

Astarte ‘Manny’ Brown is a custodian at the Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, MA. Manny has been a member of the Ellis community since November, and he has already made a big impact on staff and students.  Manny comes to school every day with a smile on his face. He is kind and respectful to…

March 24, 2020

Junior Coach Evie is an Enthusiastic Influence at the Mendell ›

Evie is a 5th grade Junior Coach at the Mendell Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. Coach Ava, JVC Coach at the Mendell, nominated Evie as Junior Coach of the month because of her enthusiasm and strong facilitation skills which she demonstrates during recess AND Junior Coach training. Junior Coach Evie comes to every recess shift…

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Upcoming Events


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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