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Playworks New England

Our Mission

To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Every kid loves to play. Playworks focuses on this intrinsic desire as an entry point to increase physical activity while simultaneously teaching social emotional skills. We show educators how to use playtime and recess as a learning opportunity to model and teach fundamental skills that children need to succeed. In New Bedford, during 2020-2021, Playworks will serve all 19 elementary schools, reaching 6,700 students through professional development training for teachers and weekly curated content to assist educators and families in bringing play to every child's day.

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Playworks New England partners with New Bedford Public Schools to bring safe and healthy play opportunities to all elementary schools across the city. Elementary school staff participate in professional development around incorporating play into the virtual and socially distant school day.  In addition, all educators have access to Keep Playing, a service that curates weekly recess-ready games, brain breaks and related content to share across school buildings and out to families.  The combination of these two resources serves to empower kids to play and get active, no matter the classroom setting.

All programs are free of charge to the students who participate.

Executive Director: Jonathan Gay 
Program Director
: Morgan Redman 
Phone Number: 617-708-1734 
Website: https://www.playworks.org/new-england/
Email Address: Morgan.redman@playworks.org
Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM