In the News


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.

The Boston Foundation

February 10, 2022

Evaluating Children’s Physical Activity in School-Based Programs ›

This study explores the impact of the Boston Foundation’s investment in four nonprofits that provide structured physical activity to students in school, including Playworks.

Coach with kids and hula hoop
Coach with kids and hula hoop


January 21, 2022

BBC The Compass: Why We Play ›

Coach Kelley, who now serves as a Playworks Coach at the elementary school he attended in Boston, shares with BBC‘s The Compass the important role of safe and healthy play on their recent episode.

Playworks New England

November 18, 2021

Playworks Gratitude Day ›

There are so many people who make Playworks New England what it is. Thank you to our donors, corporate partners, volunteers, principals, teachers, recess teams, lunch monitors, custodians, parents and caregivers, and you (yes, you!). It takes a village to bring safe and healthy play to kids all around New England, and we’re so glad you’re in…


October 8, 2021

Why Play Is Essential, Especially Now ›

Over the last 25 years, over 2 million children have grown up in Playworks schools across America. Many more — a whole generation in fact — have been influenced by cultural shifts Playworks and its founder, entrepreneur Jill Vialet, have pushed ahead.

Child leading game on foursquare court
Child leading game on foursquare court

Today Show

September 10, 2021

Why Recess at School is Vital and How it Has Changed ›

Recess quality matters. A high-quality recess can help kids have fun and laugh, feel included, and develop social, emotional, and physical skills. The Today Show highlights why quality play matters to kids right now in this powerful segment featuring Playworks and our partners.


June 18, 2021

Recess Rocks program encouraged child’s play throughout pandemic ›

In partnership with the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Playworks New England is helping provide resources to teachers and students that encourage conflict resolution and social emotional development through play.

New England Patriots

February 8, 2021

The Kraft Family Awards $90,000 to Nonprofits During Virtual Ceremony on Feb. 3 ›

Playworks New England receives $5,000 grant in honor of longtime volunteer, Kim Carrington, one of the 2020 Patriots Difference Makers.

South Coast Today

February 11, 2020

Not your mother’s recess: Playworks is helping New Bedford make school recess more productive ›

In the late morning sun on the last day of January, Charles S. Ashley Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders descended upon their playground ready for a recess conducted under the Playworks model.