Join the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon Team Playworks!
Playworks Southern California is an official charity for the LA Marathon for the first time in history. Our runners have a goal to collectively raise $30,000 to support our in- and out-of-school youth development play and physical activity programs! Join us this year! #Run4pLAy
Learning Respect and Gaining Confidence On The Playground
This school year, recess at Santa Ana’s James A. Garfield Elementary is an evolving lesson in behavior modification. Through Playworks, children are treating one another with more respect and feeling better about themselves and school.
"The bullying has stopped. The students are all engaged in one of the many choices they have to pursue during recess. They resolve conflicts in class using rock-paper-scissors.”
Teacher, Grape Street Elementary, Los Angeles
"California Educator's story "Reclaiming Recess" highlights a few California schools and educators who are taking recess back, recognizing recess' crucial role in optimizing a child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and how learning and attention improve following a break."
"I'd rather go out and be present outside, active and involved spending 15 minutes playing every day instead of spending 30-45 minutes suspending a kid. Now, part of my job is to play with kids and teach them how to play instead of laying down the law."
Peter Wilson, Principal, Burbank Elementary
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
Playworks is grateful to our partners, who share our belief that every child deserves a place on their school playground. Learn how partnering with Playworks can create opportunities that help kids find their place in the world through play.