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

How Important the Role of Play is in a Child’s Overall Development May Surprise You ›

Listen to our founder, Jill Vialet, in her recent interview with Rob Harter on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast as she explains why play is vital to a child’s healthy development.

Playworks Coaches Max Langaard and Matthew Bailey on GMA ›

Former Playworks Coach Max Langaard and Playworks Coach Matthew Bailey were featured on Good Morning America and were surprised with NBA finals tickets. They highlighted the lifetime bond they developed and their shared love of basketball. Watch their inspiring story.

Impact Through the Power of Play ›

At last year’s Action Forum, Pahara-Aspen Fellow Jill Vialet made the audacious Action Pledge above to propel the importance play forward. In this video, Jill shares the progress Playworks has made so far.

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

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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43,456

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

Maryland

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30,311

Kids Reached in the Mid-Atlantic Region 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

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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

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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 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


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


Nonprofit Leadership Podcasts

August 5, 2019

How Important the Role of Play is in a Child’s Overall Development May Surprise You ›

Listen to our founder, Jill Vialet, in her recent interview with Rob Harter on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast as she explains why play is vital to a child’s healthy development.

July 26, 2019

Allianz Life Corporate Play Day ›

“Teach Me How To Play” Day with Allianz Life Allianz Life employees have joined Playworks Minnesota in numerous give-back events. At Earle Brown Elementary, Allianz Life employees volunteered for a Play Day of encouragement, role modeling, and kickball. Thank you Allianz Life for your ongoing partnership and support in making such a positive impact on the lives of students…

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

June 14, 2019

Jill Vialet Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by PCSFN ›

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet wins President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.

Good Morning America

June 3, 2019

Playworks Coaches Max Langaard and Matthew Bailey on GMA ›

Former Playworks Coach Max Langaard and Playworks Coach Matthew Bailey were featured on Good Morning America and were surprised with NBA finals tickets. They highlighted the lifetime bond they developed and their shared love of basketball. They’re both incredible role models! Watch their inspiring story.

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Events


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