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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Meet Our People

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…

February 14, 2023

Jessi Jasper ›

Jessi joined Playworks in 2019 as a pro trainer because she is passionate about empowering others through play, education, and facilitation. She understands the importance of taking a holistic approach to education from her time teaching in inclusive alternative schools.…

September 7, 2018

Dana Harris ›

Dana started here at Playworks New England in 2012 as an AmeriCorps service member. He served six years as a Playworks Coach at the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School in Roxbury, MA. A Boston native, Dana is thrilled to take…

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