Bring Play To Your City
One full-time, caring and consistent Playworks coach implements our entire program at each school. They work Monday through Friday, usually 9am – 5pm, depending on the school bell schedule. Through a selective hiring process, intensive and thoughtful training, and an ongoing support process, our staff is provided with a comprehensive set of tools and resources to help them run successful programs.
Energetic, fun, and consistent are three words that capture a Playworks coach. A common thread among our staff is a commitment and passion to support the health and well-being of children. All coaches come to Playworks with prior experience working with children and generally have worked within after-school programs, youth leagues and summer camps, or within other youth service agencies in the non-profit sector.
Yes. The role of the coach on the playground is to create safe and inclusive options and opportunities for play. They should not be a substitute for a playground supervisor.
No. Our coaches are not Physical Education teachers and are not required to have a teaching credential. Playworks does offer 30-45 minute structured physical activity classes with the teachers. During these Class Game Times, students and teachers are able to learn and practice the games and physical activities that will be provided during recess periods.
The Playworks after-school program model works with the same 20-25 students for the entire school year with the goal of developing a strong, ongoing relationship with students and their families. We have found that our format often complements larger after school collaborative programs by working with those students who would benefit from being a part of a smaller community were they will receive greater attention during the after school hours.
Yes. We work with all elementary grade levels through our recess and class game time components.
Playworks programming is designed for elementary schools, however we do work with K-8 schools if the focus is on the lower grades.
No. One of the essential aspects to our programs success is that our staff becomes a part of the larger school community. By having a consistent presence during the in-school and after school hours, our coaches build strong relationships with students, families, and staff, throughout the school year.
Playworks is responsible for training and overseeing the work of each coach. We assign each school site a program manager, whose role is to supervise and support a group of 8-12 coaches. Program managers are responsible for overseeing and maintaining program quality at each school site and serve as the primary contact person for school administrators.
Each of our partner schools pays $25,500 per year for the on-site program. This cost covers a trained, full-time coach for the entire school year. We also ask schools to provide a basic set of playground equipment (balls, cones, jump ropes, etc) that usually cost no more than $300 and can be supplemented by existing equipment at the school site.
The majority of schools use funding within their own school budget. Some schools supplement their funds through external sources such as grants and community support.
School Interest Forms are generally sent out in January of every year. After conducting school site visits we make decisions beginning in March on which schools we will be working with during the upcoming year. Schools which are not selected are placed on our waiting list. If we are currently in your city or region, contact your local Playworks branch. If you are in a potential expansion region, please contact the national Playworks office.
Playworks' school-based programs are designed to start on the first day of school. We recruit our staff throughout the year, train them in the summer, with programming set to start at the beginning of the school year. We generally do not start up programming mid-year.
Playworks is expanding and looking for new cities that wish to bring play our direct service program to their schools and students. To learn more, please contact email@example.com. We may not have plans to bring our direct service to your city this year, but hopefully we will in future years.
Playworks Training provides training to schools and community organizations to cities all across the US, however. Our vision is that one day every child will have an opportunity to play every day. Although it may take some time, we are excited to be a part of a movement to make that vision a reality.
To keep the trainings interactive and participatory, we generally work with groups of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 people per trainer.
If your program has more than 30 staff members, we recommend providing multiple trainings for smaller groups, or we can send additional trainers to work with the entire staff. If you have fewer than 10 staff, we recommend partnering with a neighboring organization or school.
Rates are based on content, training length, the number of participants and travel fees. Pricing ranges from $1,500 half day workshops to customized year long year programs. Speak to one of our knowledgeable account managers to identify the best program for you and your staff.
If you have a specific date in mind for a half or full day workshop, we recommend contacting us 8-12 weeks in advance.
Playworks coaches work on-site exclusively in low-income schools. To bring Playworks to your school, at least 50 percent of enrollment must be eligible for free and reduced lunches. To learn more, contact the executive director listed on our web site for your city. S/he will be able to provide the information you need to bring Playworks to your school.
If your school does not meet our low-income requirements, we can bring play to your school through Playworks Training. Our training is designed to teach parents, teachers, staff and other adults how to organize healthy and inclusive play and to help youth learn lessons about teamwork, communication and conflict resolution that enable them to return to the classroom ready to learn.
Our Products page contains detailed information about our four Training options. Our programs are designed for:
Schools: Recess Implementation & Recess 360°
- Over the course of three days, Recess Implementation is an excellent program to help you and your staff jumpstart a safe, healthy, and inclusive recess.
With ongoing workshops and consultations throughout the year, Recess 360° will support your designated recess coach as he/she manages a full-fledged recess program.
Before and Afterschool Programs: Out-of-School Time Series
Over the course of three days, Out-of-School Time Series will equip your program staff with pro-active group management tools and a variety of
- Over the course of three days, Out-of-School Time Series will equip your program staff with pro-active group management tools and a variety of
Or, customize a program perfect for your staff or community:
- Workshops Energized are Playworks’ series of three hour professional development workshops. Our knowledgeable account managers will help you put together a training program that fits your budget and needs.
Playworks training provides adults who work with youth the tools to create a safe, healthy and inclusive play program. The benefits kids receive from the environment created by your Playworks trained adult include: an enriched recess experience with more physical activity, improved learning and academic performance, development of conflict resolution skills, and fewer incidences of bullying.
Playworks trainers travel anywhere in the United States and conduct our workshops and consultation visits at your site.
No. We serve a variety of organizations that work with youth (3-17 years old), including community based organizations, before and after school programs, and parks and recreation departments.
Playworks has an effective and unique approach that focuses on allowing adults to experience active, physical play, just as a child would on the playground. Each workshop addresses various adult learning styles and builds on the core principals of youth development. Through an experiential learning process every workshop participant will have the opportunity to experience, learn, and discuss the best practices of physical activity, play, and group management that Playworks has cultivated over the past two decades.