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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

Kids playing outdoors

How schools can approach recess in the 2020 school year ›

How can principals incorporate COVID-19 lessons into recess next school year? 1. Teach games that allow for physical distance. Educators can/should intentionally plan recesses that enable kids to play while meeting expectations for social or physical distance. 2. Prepare for virtual game facilitation. Kids can continue to have access to play during the school day…

Work Play Balance powered by Playworks ›

Find your Work Play Balance. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of children and adults alike. Playworks is continuing to share the power of play by launching Play at Home for kids and our brand new Work Play Balance playbook for adults. Work Play Balance is a playbook designed to leverage play to engage…

Play At Home

#PlayAtHome with Playworks ›

Playworks wants to help make sure kids still get to play every day. School closures are significantly changing day-to-day life for kids across the country and the world. Families are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged, active, and having fun. And teachers are looking for support interacting with students virtually. Playworks is here to help!

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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90,092

Kids Reached in Arizona in the last year

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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55,555

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

Florida

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Georgia

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65,308

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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

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

Maryland

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55,555

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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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96,309

Kids Reached in New York in the last year

North Carolina

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33,172

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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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111,306

Kids Reached in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

Pennsylvania

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44,279

Kids Reached in Pennsylvania in the last year

Rhode Island

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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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95,309

Kids Reached in Texas in the last year

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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55,555

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

Washington

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111,306

Kids Reached in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

West Virginia

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55,555

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

Wisconsin

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55,392

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


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


June 1, 2020

An Open Letter to Our Communities ›

To our valued community members, partners, boards, and teams, Playworks is mourning and protesting the unjust killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota last week alongside all of you.  We all know this is only one in an untold number of black men and women who have suffered racist treatment by…

May 27, 2020

Play At Home: Week of June 1, 2020 ›

Social-Emotional Skill of the Week: Social Awareness & Perspective Taking Perspective-taking is the ability to see a situation from the viewpoint of another person–understanding their feelings, intentions, thoughts, or view of a particular situation. Resources for the Week of June 1, 2020 Game of the Day Challenge Are you ready to #PlayAtHome? We are challenging…

May 20, 2020

Play At Home: Week of May 25, 2020 ›

Social-Emotional Skill of the Week: Social Awareness Social awareness is the ability to empathize with and understand the perspective of someone else, even though their background and culture might be different from yours. Resources for the Week of May 25, 2020 Game of the Day Challenge Are you ready to #PlayAtHome? We are challenging students…

May 19, 2020

The New Balance Foundation Teams Up with Playworks to Help Kids Stay Active During COVID-19 Crisis ›

The New Balance Foundation is excited to announce a $100,000 grant to support Playworks’ Play At Home, a suite of digital resources designed to ensure all children have access to physical activity, social and emotional learning, and play during this prolonged period of out-of-school time. For over 24 years, Playworks has worked with elementary schools…

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Events


Let’s Play For a Generation of Impact ›

We have decided to postpone Let’s Play to a later date. Playworks is mourning and protesting the unjust killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota last…

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