Playworks Maryland

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

September 6, 2017

Playworks Featured in Landmark Report on the State of Play in Baltimore ›

Maryland, MD—September 6, 2017—In a report released today by the renowned, international think tank, the Aspen Institute, Playworks Maryland earned recognition for bringing the power of play to East Baltimore’s school children. The report, "State of Play: Baltimore," shared 40 findings on the East Baltimore community’s landscape of youth sports, and results from the Institute’s…

February 24, 2017

Happy AmeriCorps Week! ›

Since September, our AmeriCorps members have collectively provided more than 10,000 hours of service to youth across Maryland! Together, they have made a difference in the lives of nearly 10,000 students at 18 elementary schools. To all AmeriCorps members across the country, thank you for all that you do! Interested in becoming a Playworks AmeriCorps member?…

November 22, 2016

First Soccer League Season Finished! ›

On Saturday, November 19, Playworks Maryland finished off our first league season of the year with soccer. One hundred students from our partner schools turned out to showcase their soccer skills that were honed over six weeks of game development. Our phenomenal coaches not only provided training, but also created a space where students could learn…

November 15, 2016

Junior Coach Program ›

Learn more about our Junior Coach Program by watching this video with Coach Andy from Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle.

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Upcoming Events

November 2 @ 6:30 pm

Maryland Soirée for Play 2017 ›

Playworks will rock (paper and scissors) on November 2, 2017 with our annual Soirée for Play featuring games, cocktails, a silent auction, special guests, and more! You’re invited to join the…

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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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