Play and recess to support social-emotional learning | Playworks

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

Start with Recess!

Playworks helps schools and districts start with recess to see gains throughout the school day.

Reclaim class time, get kids active, build social skills, and increase school safety with our evidence-based approach.

RWJF Provides Recommendations for Building a Culture of Health
This brief by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines the importance of building a culture of health through safe and healthy elementary school recess. 
If We Had 100 Million Dollars...

Playworks was in the top 40% of applicants world-wide to the MacArthur Foundation's 100%Change competition. Read excerpts from our application.

SHAPE/CDC Recess Guidelines

In Jan 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America released new guidance documents that provide schools with strategies for a safe and healthy recess.

Let's Do This!

Our coaches, Junior Coaches, and trained participants have provided safe and healthy play to millions of kids across the country since 1996.  With your support, we'll reach our aim of ensuring 3.5 million kids experience safe and healthy play every day.

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 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.