Pro FAQ | Playworks

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How much does a Playworks Pro training cost?

Rates are based on program length, consultation visits, the number of participants attending, and travel fees. Our local Playworks account managers are happy to walk you through every step of our process. To receive a personalized assessment with no obligation to commit, please submit the Training Assessment form and we will get in touch within 48 business hours.


What other schools and youth organizations have you trained in my area?

Visit In Your Community to see who Playworks is serving.


Is Playworks evidence-based?

Yes. A randomized controlled trial of Playworks conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, suggests that there may be more to recess than just a break in the day. The study found that the program reduced bullying, improved feelings of safety, increased physical activity, and provided more time for classroom teaching.

In addition, we evaluate ourselves on every training that we deliver. Contact us for training program evaluation results from other schools and youth organizations just like yours.


Who should attend a Playworks Pro training?

We understand that every school and youth organization is unique and we are committed to working with you to make sure you have the right people in the room to realize the results you want to see.

Specifically, with our recess programs, we counsel schools on how to set up a recess team. See “Attendees” in our Recess 360 and Recess Implementation program descriptions for more detail.


Is there a minimum or maximum number of participants for trainings?

To keep the trainings interactive, participatory, and highly effective, we generally work with groups of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 people before we bring in a second trainer.

If your program has more than 30 staff members, we recommend providing multiple trainings for smaller groups, or we can send additional trainers to work with the entire staff for a flat fee.


How do I know which Playworks Pro program is best for me?

Our training program descriptions contains detailed information about our customizable professional development programs that will empower your staff to create more opportunities for safe and healthy play, in and outside of the school day.

If you are looking to start a recess program at your school, Recess Implementation and Recess 360 are great options.


Can my school or youth organization schedule a training even if we are not near a Playworks office?

Yes. Playworks trainers travel anywhere and conduct our trainings at your site. Playworks trainers been all over the United States, and have even traveled to Canada and Taiwan!


How will a Playworks Pro training benefit the youth I work with?

Playworks Pro provides adults who work with youth the tools to create a safe, healthy and inclusive play program. The benefits kids receive from the environment created by a Playworks-trained adult include: an enriched and active recess or play experience, improved learning and academic performance, development of conflict resolution skills and youth leadership, and fewer incidences of bullying.


Can I attend a Playworks Pro training as an individual?

Yes. Due to increasing demand, Playworks has started offering open enrollment PlayShops in select locations. To find out more, Contact us.


How far in advance should I schedule a Pro training?

If you have a specific date in mind, we recommend contacting us 8-16 weeks in advance. If your dates are flexible, we can easily accommodate you. Fill out our Training Assessment to schedule a training.