About Playworks New York/New Jersey

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to New York/New Jersey in 2009. Playworks New York/New Jersey serves low-income schools across the area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across New York/New Jersey through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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October 7, 2019

Jessica Schaeffer ›

Jessica Schaeffer is the Regional Partnership Director for Playworks in New York/New Jersey. Prior to joining the organization, Jessica worked at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for seven years where she implemented the Healthy Schools Program in districts across…

July 25, 2019

Robin Grossman ›

Robin Grossman is the Executive Director of Playworks New York/New Jersey. Robin provides leadership, vision, and strategy to the team based on her 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arena. Robin has an extensive resume of fundraising and relationship…

October 27, 2020

Jasmine Hamlett ›

Jasmine Hamlett is a Program Specialist for Playworks New York/New Jersey. Jasmine started her journey with Playworks as an AmeriCorps member serving as a recess coach. Jasmine has been working with children all her life. From running a full Sunday…

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