Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable social and emotional 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

Introducing Recess Reboot! (3.0) ›

Recess Reboot is four days of “I do, we do, you do”. Staff are trained on the core elements of a Playworks recess, like inclusive games, equipment systems, and smooth transitions to and from class.

Announcing our New Service - PlayworksU! ›

On August 1, Playworks introduces its newest service, PlayworksU. Educators asked for bite-sized online courses to reinforce and introduce play-based strategies throughout the school day.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Play And SEL ›

The Aspen Institute’s Council of Distinguished Scientists and Council of Distinguished Educators now recommend weaving an intentional focus on students’ social, emotional, and academic development throughout the school day.

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

Kids Reached in Wisconsin in the last year

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 social and emotional skills. Learn about our impact ›

Stories


March 11, 2018

The Changing Playground ›

It is raining outside, as it usually is in Oregon. Ella, a fifth grader, sits by herself against the wall at recess. She refuses to make eye contact with any of the kids running past her.…

July 27, 2017

Why Kids Like Clinton Need Mentors ›

Last year I had a student, Clinton, who was pretty challenging. He was constantly being put on the fence by his teachers because of something he did in class or at lunch. He could be disrespectful…

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News


September 19, 2018

Five Important Life Lessons from the Playground ›

One of the most under-utilized arenas for social and emotional development is the playground. How can adults who supervise the playground—at school, in public parks, or in our back yards—best use that time to teach kids the skills they’ll need to thrive? In a recent blog post with our partners at United Way, Playworks shared…

August 14, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants Playworks $4,590,371 ›

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants Playworks $4,590,371 Over 132,250 kids in more than 350 schools will experience safe and healthy play every day as a result of this investment. This is the largest regional grant Playworks has ever received.  Detroit, MI—July 15, 2018—Playworks, the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform…

July 31, 2018

Announcing PlayworksU ›

On August 1, Playworks introduces its newest service, PlayworksU. Educators asked for bite-sized online courses to reinforce and introduce play-based strategies throughout the school day. Over a nine month period, over 1000 teachers, school staff and principals tested out 19 modules on topics ranging from Group Management to Games Facilitation. Based on their feedback and…

June 7, 2018

Want to Build a Better Recess? Researchers Have a Framework for You ›

Amid mounting evidence that recess can help support student learning, health, and social skills, researchers are taking a closer look at what a “high quality” recess looks like. “We can’t fully understand the relationship between recess and learning, physical activity, other things until we understand the quality of recess,” said William Massey, an assistant professor of health…

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Events


November 04, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

2018 NYC TCS Marathon ›

Join the 2018 Marathon Team Playworks New York! Playworks is once again thrilled to be an official community level charity for the 2017 NYC TCS Marathon! Over the past three…

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