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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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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July 26, 2019

Jonah Williams ›

Jonah joined the Playworks team in 2017 as an AmeriCorps member. He served as a Playworks Coach at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, MA for two years before transitioning to his current role as a site…

February 7, 2020

Murat Emmanuel ›

Murat, or ‘Coach M’, is a site coordinator working at the Chittick Elementary School and McKinley Middle School in Boston. Prior to stepping into his role as a site coordinator, Murat was a Playworks coach for three years at the…

August 1, 2018

Dawn Lavallee ›

Dawn Lavallee first started with Playworks in 2012. She spent two years as a coach at Mather Elementary in Dorchester and two years as the FAO Schwarz Fellow. In this role, she had the unique opportunity to support coaches in…

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