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Studies on Play

John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities

Research has shown that a positive school climate improves social, emotional, and academic outcomes for youth and is influenced by: (1) school structure, policies, and leadership; (2) teaching and learning environments; (3) physical and emotional safety; and (4) positive relationships.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new, first-of-its-kind Gallup poll reveals that elementary school principals overwhelmingly believe recess has a positive impact not only on the development of students’ social skills, but also on achievement and learning in the classroom.

KaBOOM! and The Sheridan Group and others

In municipalities across America, engaged citizens and civic leaders are actively seeking innovative ways to improve the accessibility, quality, and quantity of play and play spaces for children. To help cities build awareness and develop a policy on play, KaBOOM!

Molly Stenberg RD and Katie Bark, RD, LN, SNS
Peaceful Playgrounds

A few brave principals across the nation are breaking the mold and bringing a long standing school tradition to an end. They are advocating recess before lunch.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Recess is the single biggest opportunity to raise the level of physical activity for all children, yet those who come from minority or low-income families are being shortchanged when it comes to recess time.