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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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…

May 28, 2019

Rebeca Pazo ›

Rebeca Pazo is a veteran Playworker. Prior to becoming a program director, Rebeca was a program manager for four years. Before that, she worked as a program coordinator for three years at a bilingual school in the Boston area. One…

September 22, 2017

Jill Barry ›

Jill started her journey at Playworks in 2015 as an AmeriCorps Coach and previously served as our regional trainer. Jill has worked in education in New England for almost a decade. She has built partnerships with schools in rural New…

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