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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.

October 14, 2019

Boston Bruins Announce Partnership With Playworks New England ›

The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation announced today a $50,000 pledge to support Playworks in bringing safe, healthy play to elementary students across New England during the 2019-20 school year.

The Boston Globe

April 30, 2018

Nonprofit Trains Youth to Play and Lead ›

If Nia Buyu, 10, has learned anything in her two years as a junior coach, it’s that a game of rock, paper, scissors solves most playground conflicts. Junior coaches, who don purple shirts, work alongside Playworks coaches toward common goals: to encourage youths to be physically active, and to use play to teach social and…

Dot’s Amy French runs marathon to support Playworks New England

February 15, 2018

Dot’s Amy French runs marathon to support Playworks New England ›

Dorchester resident Amy French, 24, will run the Boston Marathon in April as a member of the Playworks New England team. French works in the organization’s development department. “When kids have opportunities for healthy and inclusive play at school, everyone benefits,” says French. “Students learn valuable skills, like teamwork and respect, transitions from recess back…