Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable social and emotional 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

Straight Up Conversation with Jill Vialet ›

A recent RAND report found that Playworks’ Coach service was one of only a handful of SEL interventions that meet ESSA’s requirements for the highest standard of evidence.

Introducing Playworks' Six Principles of Play ›

In our experience at Playworks, focusing on a few key principles of play ensure the most joyful, free, and inclusive experience for all children and adults. Try on these approaches in your school!

Playworks is Hiring AmeriCorps coaches ›

The opportunity of a lifetime is waiting. Join one of our 23 regions and transform school culture by ensuring that every kid has opportunities for safe, healthy play—every day.

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

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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

Playworks happily offers trainings and support in 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 social and emotional skills. Learn about our impact ›

Stories


July 27, 2017

Why Kids Like Clinton Need Mentors ›

Last year I had a student, Clinton, who was pretty challenging. He was constantly being put on the fence by his teachers because of something he did in class or at lunch. He could be disrespectful…

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…

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News


June 7, 2018

Want to Build a Better Recess? Researchers Have a Framework for You ›

Amid mounting evidence that recess can help support student learning, health, and social skills, researchers are taking a closer look at what a “high quality” recess looks like. “We can’t fully understand the relationship between recess and learning, physical activity, other things until we understand the quality of recess,” said William Massey, an assistant professor of health…

April 25, 2018

Billions Institute Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Cushing ›

Playworks President Elizabeth Cushing is profiled in an interview in the Billions Institute. As president, Elizabeth leads the senior management team and is responsible for ensuring that all strategic targets are met across the organization.

March 30, 2018

How to Create a Culture of Play and Why You Should ›

How do you build a playful work culture where employees are engaged and effective? Our founder Jill Vialet authored this article to showcase some easy steps that business leaders can try within their organizations.

March 16, 2018

PlayworksU: Online Learning for Play ›

After a year of hard work, playful trial and error, and generous feedback from teachers and principals, we are happy to announce PlayworksU! Courses are available to preview through June 1; school subscriptions will be available starting August 1. These new online courses and videos from Playworks are designed to reinforce in-person training and help you…

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