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

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves.

Playworks Named 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2019 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Playworks Recruits Playful Professionals with LinkedIn For Nonprofits ›

At Playworks, we seek out energetic, creative people who ensure every kid has the chance to play every day. 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.

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

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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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30,311

Kids Reached in the Mid-Atlantic Region 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

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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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43,456

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

Maryland

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30,311

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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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31,500

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 Reached 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 Reached in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

Pennsylvania

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17,997

Kids Reached in Pennsylvania in the last year

Rhode Island

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43,456

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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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30,311

Kids Reached in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the last year

Washington

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31,713

Kids Reached in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

West Virginia

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30,311

Kids Reached in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the last year

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 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


February 3, 2016

Not-So-Junior Coach Matthew ›

When Playworks—then Sports4Kids—coach Max Langaard arrived at Manzanita school, Matthew Bailey was a shy third-grader. At home, he’d try to stay out of everyone’s way, and at school, he rarely spoke up during class. But Coach Max saw him…

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


November 7, 2019

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves. Kids need us to make that possible for them.  Not all kids feel like they fit in at school. Feeling safe and like you belong is…

November 6, 2019

Playworks Named 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2019 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…

November 1, 2019

Playworks Recruits Playful Professionals with LinkedIn For Nonprofits ›

At Playworks, we seek out energetic, creative people who ensure every kid has the chance to play every day. 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 playful professionals we can.…

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October 31, 2019

The right to play: Eliminating the opportunity gap in elementary school recess ›

Elementary school students have the right to play during the school day. Closing the recess opportunity gap requires ensuring access to daily recess for all children at school, finding and enforcing alternatives to recess withholding, and designing recess to ensure it supports students’ social, emotional, and physical development.

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Events


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