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NBC 10 News
February 6, 2023
Recess Rocks recruits Rhode Island schools for active indoor recess training ›
Recess Rocks is recruiting Rhode Island schools for active indoor recess training, a partnership between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition and Playworks New England.
East Boston Times
December 16, 2022
Red Sox Foundation Visits the P.J. Kennedy School ›
The Red Sox Foundation visited the Patrick J. Kennedy School on December 1 during the final Play Ball event of its Reviving Baseball and Softball in Inner Cities seasonal youth program. Students eagerly greeted team mascots, Wally and Tessie; and participate in introductory exercises with Red Sox Foundation directors, managers, and coordinators.
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.
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.
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.