Playworks for every kid

How Playworks

We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground -- a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. It doesn't matter if they have never even played the game before, we ensure they have a place that is safe and welcoming, where they can play and thrive, belong and contribute. Our goal is every kid takes this positive experience back to the classroom, back to learning, and back to their communities.

As coaches, teachers, parents and grown-ups who care deeply about kids, every day we witness the powerful, unique ability of play to bring out the best in our children. From fostering imaginations and creativity, to providing opportunities to learn teamwork and conflict resolution skills, play and recess are critical parts of childhood.

Playworks is the only organization in the country to send well-trained, energetic full-time program coordinators, called coaches, into low-income schools to become part of the community through play. 

For nearly two decades, Playworks has served schools around the country, using games, bouncy balls, hula hoops and jump ropes as  tools to bring out the best in kids. Through our full-time, direct service model, our coaches enhance and transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity. Our rock star coaches know nearly every child by name, orchestrating play and physical activity through the five components of the Playworks program every day.

Playworks Training

We believe that every child should have a place on the playground, and we can give you the tools to create it. Playworks Training helps schools and youth organizations around the country create theirs through hands-on professional development workshops and collaborative consultation. Built on best practices in youth development, as well as our successes from our direct service program, we teach essential skills that transform playgrounds, and change lives.

Kids and schools respond

A randomized control study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University found that Playworks schools have less bullying and exclusionary behavior; transitions from recess to learning activities are easier; students have better behavior and attention in class after participation in sports, games and play and teachers at Playworks schools perceive students to be safer during recess and engage in more inclusive play.

In a nationwide survey of nearly 4400  principals and teachers in schools that partnered with Playworks in the 2012-13 school year, respondents reported they reclaimed an average of 20 hours of teaching time because there are fewer behavioral problems on the playground and in the classroom.