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

April 19, 2018

Playworks Celebrates National Volunteer Week ›

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to build better communities. Playworks engages hundreds of volunteers across New England every year. Our volunteers serve as role models at recess, as mentors to our Junior Coaches, they paint playgrounds, and they collect equipment…

April 11, 2018

Greg McElroy Inspires by Bringing Smiles ›

Safe and healthy play would not be the same at the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan without Greg McElroy. This is Greg’s sixth year as a custodian at the Chittick. Greg works every day to create a safe and welcoming environment at the Chittick for every student. In the morning before school, you will find…

April 11, 2018

Junior Coach Mia Excels On and Off the Playground ›

Junior Coach Mia stands out as a kind and motivated leader at the Frost Elementary School in Lawrence. Mia takes her role as a Junior Coach very seriously and has excelled on and off the playground as a positive role model for her peers. Mia is the only Junior Coach at her shift during Kindergarten recess.…

April 5, 2018

Coach Ona Brings Creativity and Sustainability to the Mendell ›

Coach Myla Ona is a first year Playworks Coach at the Mendell Elementary School in Roxbury. Myla works hard every day to make sure the environment at the Mendell is fun and inclusive for every student. Myla is a creative and reliable leader, always looking for ways to improve games to include more students! Knowing…

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Upcoming Events

May 04, 2018 @ 7:30 AM

Playworks New England Get in the Game Breakfast 2018 ›

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 19, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Playworks Ninth Annual Run for Recess ›

Join us for the Ninth Annual Playworks Run for Recess, a family-friendly 5K and One-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 19. Run for Recess offers opportunities for the whole family to…

June 08, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Join us for the Eleventh Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

Lace up your kicks and join us for the Eleventh Annual Playworks Corporate Kickball Fundraiser on Friday, June 8, 2018. Corporate Kickball is an employee engagement event and fundraiser for…

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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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