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

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25th Anniversary ›

In the last 25 years… Playworks has impacted a generation of children by bringing the power of play to kids across the country. What began with Founder Jill Vialet’s visit to one principal’s office has grown to serve 2,174,400 kids through 3,259 school partnerships, out-of-school providers, and community organizations through on-site services, professional development, and…

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

Careers ›


Join our team! Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. Our core values of inclusion, respect, healthy community, and healthy play are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work, including recruiting and retaining the best talent we can.

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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California

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334,652

Kids Reached in California in the last year

Colorado

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59,170

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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Florida

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Georgia

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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82,277

Kids Reached in Illinois in the last year

Indiana

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48,407

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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Maine

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99,975

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

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99,975

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

Michigan

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77,916

Kids Reached in Michigan in the last year

Minnesota

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39,648

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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99,975

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

New Jersey

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96,309

Kids Reached in New Jersey in the last year

New Mexico

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New York

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

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31,713

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Pennsylvania

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44,279

Kids Reached in Pennsylvania in the last year

Rhode Island

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99,975

Kids Reached 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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Utah

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52,722

Kids Reached in Utah in the last year

Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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55,392

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Wyoming

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3.5 Million

Children reacheD in 7,000 Schools

Playworks is aiming to ensure 3.5 million children experience safe, healthy play every day. 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


May 15, 2020

Recess is Necessary ›

Researchers agree: it’s important to prioritize recess in how schools approach re-opening. The research community has come together to establish the Global Recess Alliance in an effort to bring attention to the essential role of recess…

April 26, 2019

Stories from the Playground: Coach Hoops ›

It’s not every day that a Playworks #AmeriCorps Coach is honored by the Los Angeles Lakers, complete with a basketball clinic hosted by legendary forward A.C. Green. Then again, being treated to a center court awards…

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News


September 21, 2021

Playworks Inaugural Day of Giving ›

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of play! Kids need to play more than ever. This year, Playworks is celebrating our 25th anniversary. That’s 25 years of inclusive games, positive language, high-fives, conflict resolution techniques, skill development, and more. We need your support to continue bringing kids the #powerofplay for the next 25 years.…

Today Show

September 10, 2021

Why Recess at School is Vital and How it Has Changed ›

Recess quality matters. A high-quality recess can help kids have fun and laugh, feel included, and develop social, emotional, and physical skills. The Today Show highlights why quality play matters to kids right now in this powerful segment featuring Playworks and our partners.

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

Brookings

May 24, 2021

All kids deserve to have recess next school year ›

As schools plan for the 2021-22 school year, recess must be valued as a critical part of the school day. Research supports the physical, social, and emotional benefits kids get from play. Playworks partnered with Brookings to share how to play in a COVID-safe way.

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