Playworks for every kid

Playworks Wisconsin
Harnessing the power of play to strengthen our kids, schools and communities.

"Through focusing on conflict resolution strategies, students can spend more time in partner work and learning. These strategies spill over into class time.”

Teacher, Allen-Field Elementary, Milwaukee

Playworks Training
With Playworks Training, learn how to use active play to support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of your kids.

"Our recess is going wonderfully. I have had a 25% decrease in referrals overall, meaning kids are in class learning instead of out. Fights over conflicts in games is down even more than that!"

Cherie Esposito, Principal

video spotlight
Why is Kiani Getting Props from Ms. Jackson?
Meet Kiani. Kiani is a Junior Coach who, with the help of Playworks, comes back from recess reinvigorated and ready to learn. And her teacher Ms. Jackson gives her props for that.
Collaboration is in our nature
Every Playworks partnership is customized to meet our partners’ specific goals.

At Mattel, we believe in the power of play and the critical link between play and the healthy development and learning of children. With Playworks as a partner, we can directly and immediately translate that vision into direct impact with thousands of children each year.” 

Diedre Lind, Executive Director, Mattel Children’s Foundation 

Five Big Wins for Play in 2014
Last year was an unprecedented one for Playworks and there is much to be proud of. In 2014, there were many big wins for play, but here are our top five.

Playworks in Wisconsin

Recess Rock Stars

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

Hartford University School
Hi-Mount Community School
Allen-Field Elementary