About Playworks New England

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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Meet Playworks New England


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to New England in 2006. Playworks New England serves low-income schools across the Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Somerville area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across New England through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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October 2, 2019

Lizzie Chmura ›

Lizzie joined Playworks in 2019 as the Senior Associate, Donor & Corporate Engagement. Prior to joining our team, Lizzie spent four years with United Way of Alamance County helping with fundraising and event management. Following her tenure in North Carolina,…

September 8, 2021

Devon Torres ›

Devon Corinne Torres is a native of the South Coast and working as a New Bedford Site Coordinator. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television and Dramatic Writing from the Savannah College of Art and…

September 22, 2017

Jon Gay ›

Jonathan Gay has worked with Playworks since 2006 and is continually inspired by the power of play in education. Beginning as a program coordinator at an elementary school in East Boston, he has grown within the organization serving in such…

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