Playworks Wisconsin

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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July 31, 2017

Wisconsin 2016-2017 Foundation End of Year Report ›

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July 24, 2017

Milwaukee Bucks Foundation Gives $1 Million to 15 Community Groups ›

Playworks Wisconsin is excited to be one of 15 organizations receiving a portion of the Milwaukee Bucks $1 million dollar contribution to Milwaukee. Playworks will receive $15,000 dollars for three years from the Milwaukee Bucks to help support our Junior Coach Leadership Program. The Junior Coach Leadership Program is a youth leadership development opportunity for fourth…

June 15, 2017

Hadfield Prinicipal is Recognized for Putting Fun Back in Recess ›

Al Busch, principal of Hadfield Elementary School, has been named the nation’s most valuable principal by the group Playworks after he helped to make recess safer. Read the full story in the Waukesha Freeman.

June 14, 2017

Bucks Hosts 350 Playworks Junior Coaches From 22 Schools for Playworks’ Leadership Conference ›

After a year of participating in the Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program, 350 fourth- and fifth-graders from 22 Milwaukee Public Schools and Waukesha Public Schools gathered at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday, June 2, for Playworks Wisconsin's annual Junior Coach Leadership Conference. This year, it was hosted by the Milwaukee Bucks. Students attending the…

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June 16 @ 11:00 am

2017 Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

Lace up your kicks and join us for our Annual Playworks Corporate Kickball Tournament! One day of fun to live out your kickball dreams. This event is now over. JUNE 16 12…

June 2 @ 12:45 pm

Get in the Game Luncheon and Junior Coach Conference ›

Join Playworks Wisconsin for our inaugural Get in the Game Luncheon & Junior Coach Conference. This is a unique opportunity to meet Playworks CEO/Founder Jill Vialet and hear from local community…

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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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