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. Our AIM is help 285,000 kids in 475 schools by December 2020.

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April 12, 2019

Robert Piercey ›

Rob joins Playworks after first starting his career teaching Social Studies to at-risk students and coaching a number of high school sports. Rob’s experience touches a wide range of areas including program design and evaluation, business development and fundraising, marketing,…

November 14, 2017

Deborah Brodheim ›

Deb Brodheim joins Playworks NYNJ as Director of Development following a distinguished career in global financial services.  She began her career at JP Morgan, after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in East Asian Studies, where her clients included some…

September 22, 2017

Henry Appiah ›

Henry Appiah is the Program Director for Playworks for New York City, New Jersey and Western New York. Henry has been with Playworks since 2011 and served as an AmeriCorps member for one year, Program Manager for three years and…

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