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

Games for Social and Emotional Learning ›

Playworks has launched a new SEL Game Guide with over 150 games that help kids practice the social and emotional skills they need to thrive. Find games by skill, grade level, time, and space available.

How to Create a Playful Company Culture ›

When Jill Vialet founded the nonprofit Playworks, her goal was to bring out the best in every child through the power of play, helping kids build important social and emotional skills. And, she later discovered this is exactly what adults need too.

Tackling School Bullying ›

Elizabeth Cushing, president of Playworks, joins host Ellee Pai Hong to discuss how the organization’s mission to combat bullying is teaching the lesson of inclusion to schoolchildren.

Playworks Near You

Alabama

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in Iowa.

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Kansas

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Kentucky

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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 important life skills. Learn about our impact ›

Stories


November 13, 2018

The First Time Feeling Included Through Foursquare ›

The foursquare court is often the scene of heated recess debates, but it doesn’t have to be. As a Playworks Coach, I get to teach kids how to play together in ways that prevent conflict during…

November 12, 2018

Playworks Helps Make Leadership a Family Tradition ›

Junior Coach Natalie is making Playworks a family tradition. From the very first day, she knew the rules to almost every game, and even some cheers her Playworks coach didn’t know. It turns out Natalie had…

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News


LinkedIn Talent Blog

January 31, 2019

How to Create a Playful Company Culture ›

When Jill Vialet founded the nonprofit Playworks, her goal was to bring out the best in every child through the power of play, helping kids build important social and emotional skills. And, she later discovered this is exactly what adults need too.

The Washington Times Herald

January 29, 2019

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Takes the Gridiron at Super Bowl LIII ›

Nickelodeon and the NFL are teaming up for Double Dare at Super Bowl, a brand-new Super Bowl-themed episode of the net’s iconic game show, premiering Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12 p.m. ET/PT. Each team will be competing for a $10,000 donation to one of Nickelodeon and the NFL’s pro-social partners, Playworks and Special Olympics, respectively.

American Management Association Playbook

January 25, 2019

Building a Corporate Culture with Play at the Core ›

Organizational culture is the sum of the values and behaviors that contribute to the unique psychological and social environment of an organization. The same programming that we bring to kids—the emphasis on play as a tool for promoting trust and rapport—is an important part of how the Playworks staff interacts. Getting out from behind our…

The Philadelphia Tribune

January 7, 2019

Student takes advantage of opportunities at Chester Arthur School ›

As a fourth-grader at Chester A. Arthur School, London Timmons is involved with different activities at her school. Timmons participates in an enrichment program and is a Playworks Pennsylvania Junior Coach. “I’m a Junior Coach at the kindergarten recess at my school. I come up with different games to play with them and I also make sure…

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Events


May 09, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

Get in the Game 2019 ›

Join us for our annual gala ‘Get In The Game’ Please join us as we celebrate thousands of students having access to safe and healthy play everyday. We will combine…

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