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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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…

April 3, 2019

Daniel Speciale ›

Daniel Speciale joins Playworks as a Regional Pro Trainer in Western New York responsible for delivering Playworks professional development training for youth-facing staff. Most recently he was a human services professional for the City of Rochester, is a former teacher,…

February 4, 2022

Katie Murphy ›

Katie Murphy joined Playworks NY/NJ in 2021 as Outreach and Engagement Specialist, focusing program growth and engagement in New York City. After a year of service with a Philadelphia elementary school, Katie joined the Playworks team in 2019 through PHENND,…

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