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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September 22, 2017

Basheer Smith ›

Bash joined Playworks in 2015 as a Coach and has moved up in the organization to recently be named Program Director for the New York/New Jersey region. As Program Director he oversees the program team and program partnerships. Bash blends…

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 25, 2020

Tyler Davis ›

Tyler Davis is a Program Specialist for Playworks NY/NJ. Tyler originally started with Playworks as an AmeriCorps member serving as a Program Coordinator in Buffalo, NY. Tyler attended SUNY-Fredonia where he majored in Music Education and played on the ultimate…

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