Playworks Pacific Northwest

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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March 1, 2017

An AmeriCorps Poem ›

A Playworks Office In a Year of Service by PacNW AmeriCorps coaches   My punch card is 100 high-fives. My dress code is muddy shoes, stretchy pants, a whistle,  a smile, and this Playworks shirt. People shout in my office & you’re encouraged to throw things. My office changes with the weather. My office supplies…

May 24, 2016

Stepping Up for Education ›

Playworks, KGW and OnPoint Community Credit Union are Stepping up for Education in the Pacific Northwest.

April 19, 2016

Trail Blazers Surprise Junior Coaches ›

King School Junior Coaches got a special surprise from the Portland Trail Blazers for their work on the playground and commitment to show respect to their peers. Les Schwab partnered with Damian Lillard’s RESPECT program to surprise Playworks Junior Coaches with a visit from the Blazer Dancers and Stunt Team as well as tickets to…

April 19, 2016

Playworks Training Ignites Recess at Woodland School ›

Teachers from Woodland Primary School attended a two-day Playworks training to revamp recess and engage more kids on the playground. The implementation of the program resulted in even more beneficial outcomes. Students were more inclusive at recess and teachers taught kids how to resolve their own conflicts, ultimately resulting in fewer problems at the school.…

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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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