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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July 25, 2019

Robin Grossman ›

Robin Grossman is the Executive Director of the New York/New Jersey region. Robin will provide leadership, vision, and strategy to the team based on her 23 years of experience in the nonprofit arena. Robin has an extensive resume of fundraising and relationship…

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…

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…

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