We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

A Conversation with Jill Vialet

Hear Jill Vialet speak about building a healthy civil society through the power of play.  Democracy doesn't end at the ballot box. To bring out the best in our country, we need to bring out the best in our kids. Click below to learn more and donate!

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Run for Recess Boston Marathon Team

Playworks is thrilled to be an official charity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Partner Boston Marathon Program. Over the past four years, our runners have collectively raised $350,000 to support our in- and out-of-school youth development play and physical activity programs.

Real Players Don't Bully

It's Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and at Playworks we know that real players don't bully! Join the conversation online at #realplayersdontbully and buy a T-shirt to help get safe and healthy play into more schools.

Sworn-In from Space

Playworker AmeriCorps member Kevin Bunter was “sworn in from space” by NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, currently aboard the International Space Station. 

It's Time To Rock Your Recess

Enter for a chance to win an over-the-top recess experience with Disney's Forever In Your Mind, games, prizes, and two years of Playworks Pro Services at your school. Also get a free membership and $100 to spend at Thrive Market. No purchase necessary. Rules apply.

Kickstart the School Year with Playworks Store!

Kickstart your school year with the Playworks Store! Promote play with Playworks shirts and swag, or give kids opportunities for safe, healthy play with playground equipment and games. All sales help Playworks leverage the power of play at schools across the country.

Announcing Playworks AIM

Today, Playworks is announcing a new goal to ensure safe and healthy play every day for 3.5 million kids in 7,000 elementary schools nationwide by 2020.

Playworks in The Atlantic

"Recess is not a distraction from school, it is an important component of it," writes Emily Deruy, profiling Playworks in The Atlantic. Picture courtesy of Kevin Coombs / Reuters.

Kids Reflect on The Presidential Primary

We showed a few of our Junior Coaches clips from presidential primary debates and asked them what they would do differently to resolve conflicts and practice respect. Here are their tips for our nation's leaders. 

FLOTUS and Playworks Promote Play

First Lady Michelle Obama and Playworks Junior Coach Daleajah Williams both spoke about the power of play at the 2016 Project Play Summit.


Playworks Everywhere

We offer direct service in 23 communities and training services nationwide.

Recess Rock Stars

Meet the individuals and organizations doing their part to ensure that every kid has a place on the playground.