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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Meet Playworks New York/New Jersey

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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Meet Our People

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…

November 3, 2021

Illiana Familia ›

Illiana Familia is a Program Specialist for Playworks New York/New Jersey. She served as a Playworks Coach and Americorps member for two years before moving into the Program Specialist role. Previously, she worked in the Newark Public Schools for five…

July 29, 2022

Jen Kline-Galkin ›

Jen Kline-Galkin is the Social Media and Marketing Manager of Playworks New York/New Jersey. Jen’s previous work experience in Advertising and Food and Beverage industry has enabled her to hone in on her craft as a visual storyteller, bringing vibrancy…

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