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November 15, 2022

Building skills through play: developing youth leaders on the playground ›

What does youth empowerment look like at recess and why is it important? Every kid deserves the opportunity to shine. The playground is the perfect place to empower students and build their confidence by giving them opportunities to lead, whether it be with their own classmates or students in younger grades. Play is such a…

November 4, 2022

Meet Erica, our new Program Director! ›

This fall, Playworks New England hired a new Program Director: Erica Sandelin! Erica joined the team with a plethora of experience, new ideas, and passion for the Playworks mission. Learn more about Erica through an interview with a fellow Playworker, Leah: Leah: Where did you work before you came to Playworks? Erica: My background is…

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Woman holding playground balls

October 31, 2022

A Day in the Life of Coach Molly ›

Coach Molly has no need for an alarm to wake her up, because every morning she is greeted and woken up by her golden retriever, Boone. “It’s the best way to start the day,” she said. Molly Aumais, aka Coach Molly, was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts and is a first year Coach at…

September 19, 2022

11th Annual Blue across Rhode Island Service Day! ›

On Friday, September 16, we had the opportunity to host 25 volunteers from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island during their 11th annual Blue across Rhode Island Service Day! Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Playworks, along with the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition, have been partners since the innovative…

September 13, 2022

Building skills through play: community-building at recess ›

What does community-building at recess look like and why is it important? When kids feel like they belong on the playground and at school, it gives them the space to learn and grow in an environment that they know will celebrate their wins and encourage them to learn from their mistakes. In order to promote…

September 6, 2022

Meet our Coaches for the 2022-23 school year! ›

We are so excited to welcome new and returning Coaches and Site Coordinators to the Playworks New England community. Keep reading to learn about them and what they’re looking forward to this school year! Name: Ali AKA Coach Ali, AmeriCorps Coach Hometown: Natick, MA Favorite recess game: Tic Tac Toe Relay Fun fact: I travel…

August 18, 2022

Planning your back to school playground ›

We’re in the late days of summer and the “Back to School” signs and supplies are popping up everywhere! Students and teachers are getting ready to head back to the classroom, and back to recess. Check out these suggestions to prepare your playground for another awesome year full of growth, fun, and play. Mapping your…

August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

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June 22, 2022

Recess Rocks in Rhode Island champions named ›

Recess Rocks in Rhode Island champions have been named! Read more about Playworks New England’s programming in Rhode Island and the recess rockstars who help make it happen.