Welcome to the Joy Series

  1. Updates

Play is joy. Human connection is joy. Recess yards and playgrounds are a place where you will see smiles, hear laughter, and feel the joy that is associated with running, jumping, and playing.

As we enter the last month of another pandemic-ridden year, we are choosing to focus our energy on things that have brought abounding joy in 2021. Follow along for the next five weeks as we:



1. Recap the most joyful moments of 2021 and look forward to joyful moments of 2022 on our blog.







2. Hear Coach K’s story about what joy means to him in our December Newsletter (sign up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of our Home page!)





3. Discuss the need for joyful play in schools and how to bring joy into the small, everyday moments on our LinkedIn page.






4. Highlight stories of what joy means to five New England coaches on our Instagram.





We are so excited to launch the Joy Series this holiday season, and we hope that you follow along and reflect on how joy shows up in your life.

More Updates

August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

parent playing with kids outside
parent playing with kids outside

July 21, 2022

Games to play at home this summer ›

Are you looking for games to play at home using only things found around your house? Look no further! In case you haven’t heard – school’s out for summer! With long stretches of hot days still to come, you might be looking forward to playing some new games with your family or people in your…