Updates

December 11, 2017

Why We Should Preserve the Johnson Amendment? ›

A message from our Founder & CEO, Jill Vialet Why we should preserve the Johnson Amendment? We believe that it is important to preserve the nonpartisanship of the philanthropic sector. Before the end of this calendar year, President Trump is hoping to pass a tax reform bill. Different versions of tax reform bills have passed…

December 1, 2017

My Cause, My Cleats ›

My Cause, My Cleats is an National Football League campaign in which players and team staff from around the league wear cleats designed to highlight the causes they support.  Look out for Playworks’ logo and signature blue color on cleats during football games this week!  Some players will be raising funds for the cause of…

November 17, 2017

Free resources to help school staff encourage active learning ›

Active and healthy play helps students develop self-control, build social skills, and get the “brain break” needed for academic success. A report from the Institute of Medicine found that children who are more active “show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.”…

We All Need Each Other
We All Need Each Other

October 26, 2017

We All Need Each Other ›

We live in extraordinary times. We struggle to make sense of the catastrophes, threats, and conflicts we see at a distance and up close. Sometimes, we even forget that we have a real capacity to impact what happens in our own communities. We may not be able to stop natural disasters or political strife, but…

October 5, 2017

Explore Online Learning from Playworks ›

Try out new online mini-courses from Playworks. Many of you have shared that you’d like to do more to incorporate play into learning. These mini-courses share best practices you can use right away. Please try them and let us know what you think! All of our courses are free during our testing phase. Courses are…

September 27, 2017

New Attendance Report Highlights Playworks ›

Loma Linda Elementary reduced their chronic absence rate from 12% to 4%. The first step? Making sure that students felt safe at school, both physically and emotionally. “Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence,” a new report by Attendance Works and the Every Child Graduates Center, featured 12 interventions to prevent…

August 21, 2017

Self-improvement lessons from the playground for all of us ›

As the season transitions and temperatures cool, September is the perfect time to reflect, look ahead, regroup, and focus on our self-improvement. In fact, it is #SelfImprovementMonth. How can we continue to improve? How can we work to become better people? There is no better place to look than to the lessons learned on the…

July 28, 2017

Checklist: Back to School, Back to Recess ›

As teachers are preparing lesson plans, learning new curriculum, and setting up their classrooms, it is time to start prepping our collective classroom: the playground. Recess deserves back to school planning just like any other classroom. In fact, a recent Robert Woods Johnson Foundation brief recommends that schools, “Treat recess plans like lesson plans. Like classrooms, recess needs…

May 31, 2017

Playworks Honored as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award Finalist ›

Oakland, CA—May 31, 2017—Playworks was announced as one of the 16 finalists for the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award. The Sports Award honors the innovative and collaborative efforts of individuals, organizations, and teams that are making their communities healthier through sports. Playworks was recognized as an influential leader and model for others along…