Playworks Indiana

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Latest News


May 17, 2017

Meet Coach AL! ›

When students at Lew Wallace, IPS 107 get ready to rock recess every day, they turn to Playworks Indiana Coach Al to get them moving. Driven by his desire to work with kids and create an environment in which they can feel successful, Al made the move from Chicago to join the Playworks team in the…

March 7, 2017

Coach Care Cares ›

A graduate of Carmel, Indiana schools, Coach Carolyn "Care" loves working in her hometown school district. Driven by her love of the outdoors and her desire to get all kids moving and outside every day to improve their well-being, Coach Care found Playworks to be a natural fit. "I wanted to work for Playworks because I want…

March 6, 2017

Happy AmeriCorps Week ›

Happy AmeriCorps Week!  A big whoosp clap to all of Playworks Indiana coaches for all that they do!

February 7, 2017

Meet Coach J ›

Coach Clifton Jackson, “Coach J,” is the engine that drives recess powered by Playworks at the Kindezi Academy, formerly Joyce Kilmer IPS #69. Coach J joined the Playworks Indiana team in the fall of 2016 and is making change happen one recess at a time. Raised in central Indiana, Coach J understands what makes our community…

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Upcoming Events


November 1 @ 6:30 pm

Get in the Game 2017 ›

Playworks will rock (paper and scissors) in Indiana on November 1, 2017 at our inaugural Get in the Game Gala featuring games, cocktails, a silent auction, special guests, and more!…

November 9 @ 4:30 pm

PlayShop ›

In partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Playworks is pleased to offer our PlayShop, a two and a half hour experiential workshop designed to empower you to…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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