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Playworks brings out the best in every kid, through play. 

We build a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging. Partnering with teachers, principals, and parents, we make sure kids have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom, and in our community. A randomized control trial found that compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active and teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior. Learn more about our impact. 

Before we partnered with Playworks, recess was a major disruption in our school day. I’ve recovered four hours a day that I used to spend addressing incidents from the playground. That time is critical.

Michelle Burnett

Principal, James J. Chittick Elementary School, Mattapan, MA

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photo of Junior Coach
photo of Junior Coach

February 8, 2023

A day in the life of Junior Coach Cattleya ›

At the Mather School, you can find Playworks Junior Coach Cattleya leading her peers in recess games, resolving conflicts at recess, and modeling positive language on the playground. Read more…

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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…

June 23, 2023

Corporate Kickball Tournament 2023 ›

On June 16, 2023, twelve teams, representing a wide array of local organizations, came together at Boston College High School to support the work of Playworks New England.   It…

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