Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable life skills through play

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What a Better Recess Does

Conflict Resolution

Recess doesn’t have to be chaotic. At a better recess, kids acquire tools to work out disagreements and differences.

Leadership Skills

When they’re playing amongst their peers, kids have a valuable opportunity to develop a sense of fairness, confidence, and communication.

Academic Success

Kids who are engaged during recess are more likely to participate in class, which means better attendance and better grades.

Updates

Meaningful Moments of Impact ›

Give kids the childhood they deserve. Read some of this year’s meaningful stories of impact.

Playworks Named 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Social Entrepreneur Jill Vialet on “Positive Chaos” and Founding Playworks ›

Read about Jill Vialet as Harvard Magazine’s featured alumni.

Playworks Near You

Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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35,633

Kids Reached in Arizona in the last year

Arkansas

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California

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187,548

Kids Reached in California in the last year

Colorado

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18,058

Kids Reached in colorado in the last year

Connecticut

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Delaware

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District of Columbia

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6,569

Kids Reached in Greater Washington d.c. in the last year

Florida

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Georgia

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13,247

Kids Reached in georgia in the last year

Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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17,833

Kids Reached in Illinois in the last year

Indiana

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6,391

Kids Reached in Indiana in the last year

Iowa

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Kansas

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

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5,458

Kids Reached in Louisiana in the last year

Maine

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43,456

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

Maryland

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23,742

Kids Reached in Maryland in the last year

Massachusetts

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43,456

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

Michigan

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14,760

Kids Reached in Michigan in the last year

Minnesota

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9,224

Kids Reached in Minnesota in the last year

Mississippi

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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43,456

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

New Jersey

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41,472

Kids Reached in New Jersey in the last year

New Mexico

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New York

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41,472

Kids served in New York in the last year

North Carolina

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3,961

Kids Reached in North Carolina in the last year

North Dakota

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

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31,713

Kids served in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

Pennsylvania

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17,997

Kids served in Pennsylvania in the last year

Rhode Island

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43,456

Kids served in New England in the last year

South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

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Texas

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28,452

Kids Reached in Texas in the last year

Utah

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30,478

Kids Reached in Utah in the last year

Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

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31,713

Kids Reached in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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14,767

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Wyoming

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3.5 Million

Children reached by December 2020

Playworks aims for 3.5 million children in 7,000 schools to experience safe, healthy play every day by 2020. Click on your state to explore what Playworks is doing near you.

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Elementary students with strong social and emotional skills are . . .


54%more likely to graduate from high school
2xmore likely to attain a college degree
46%more likely to have a full-time job by age 25

Recess is a natural learning lab for important life skills. Learn about our impact ›

Stories


November 9, 2018

Challenges of a First Year Teacher ›

Kelly Darchuk, a third grade teacher at the Tobin K-8 School since the 2017-18 school year, talks about her challenges as a first year teacher. During my first year of teaching, I was challenged to deal…

November 9, 2018

Junior Coaches Lead by Example ›

During my time as a Playworks coach, there were many kids and experiences that touched my life, but none more so than a first grader Elijah. Elijah was new to the school, and at the beginning…

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News


The Philadelphia Tribune

December 4, 2018

Chester A. Arthur student takes on leadership role through recess program ›

Ten-year-old Nafis Johnson has been developing and honing his leadership skills by contributing his time as a Junior Coach for Playworks Pennsylvania. The Playworks Junior Coach program gives selected fourth- and fifth-grade students the tools they need to navigate through school and life. “I’ve been a Junior Coach for Playworks for about a year and a…

IndyStar

November 29, 2018

Playworks and Jump IN for Healthy Kids ›

No more standing around. A new approach to recess keeps kids moving.  Playworks, as well as partners Jump IN for Healthy Kids, aims to keep kids healthy and active in Indiana.  Read the article and watch Jo Yocum, Playworks Indiana’s Executive Director, talk about safe and healthy play.

November 13, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Playworks Recess a Success ›

In 2017, Playworks and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) partnered to learn more about how effective recess teams drive strong quality and recess outcomes. Close your eyes and picture the best recess you can imagine. What does that look like to you? A quality recess is one that is safe, engaging, and empowering. Play…

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

November 9, 2018

Twenty Minutes of Recess for NJ Kids ›

A takeaway from a recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical study review, which details the wide-ranging benefits of play for children. From the AAP, here are 20 reasons why those 20 minutes of recess are vital—and why the quality of that playtime is critical. (Stock photo via Pixabay)

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