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

Playworks is Hiring AmeriCorps Coaches ›

Playworks is hiring AmeriCorps coaches to serve for the 2019-20 school year at elementary schools in cities across the country.

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.

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.

Playworks Near You

Alabama

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in Alabama.

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Alaska

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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

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

Stories


November 12, 2018

Teaching Conflict Resolution Doesn’t Have to be Complicated ›

Kermit is a natural leader in his class, and all of the kids want to be his friend. During our weekly class game time, I taught Kermit’s class how to play a game called Roshambo Red…

November 12, 2018

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work ›

To the kids at the school where I was a Playworks Coach, being a positive team player wasn’t always the popular thing to do. When I was tasked with coaching the boys basketball team, I learned…

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News


April 23, 2019

Recess Check Up Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of play. Explore…

April 16, 2019

Twin Cities Orthopedics and Playworks Minnesota team with Turtle Lake Students for Day of Play ›

Twenty-eight Values Champions, employees who are ambassadors of TCO’s culture and exemplify the organization’s values, teamed up with Playworks to teach students the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at recess. Students learned inclusive games and team-building activities in a classroom setting, and participated in a recess period with volunteers to practice what they learned…

April 5, 2019

Playworks is Hiring AmeriCorps Coaches ›

Playworks is hiring AmeriCorps coaches to serve for the 2019-20 school year at elementary schools in cities across the country. These coaches provide essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, connect with other kids, and stretch and grow. Through service, Playworks AmeriCorps members create a place for every kid on the playground to feel…

The 74

April 2, 2019

More Than Just Play — How Recess Can Help Students Build Social-Emotional Skills ›

Playtime is more than just fun and games. Through play, children build confidence and develop critical social-emotional skills, become leaders and better understand how they fit into and interact with the world around them. An American Academy of Pediatrics clinical review found a correlation between playing and building better social-emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills needed for…

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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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