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

November 18, 2019

Molly Rosen ›

Molly joined Playworks in 2019 as a site coordinator after working for Scholar Athletes for two years. She worked with high schoolers at Fenway High School on academic coaching, health and wellness, and college and career readiness. Molly graduated from…

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…

September 8, 2021

Kat Saba ›

Kat joined the Playworks team in 2020 as an AmeriCorps Coach, and transitioned to her role as Program Associate, and now Operations Manager. In conjunction with Playworks and the University of South Carolina, she completed an MPH in Physical Activity…

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