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.

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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35,633

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Arkansas

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California

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Colorado

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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District of Columbia

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30,311

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Florida

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Georgia

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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17,833

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Indiana

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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

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Maryland

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30,311

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Massachusetts

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43,456

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Michigan

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14,760

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Minnesota

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31,500

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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

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

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New York

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North Carolina

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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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31,713

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Pennsylvania

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17,997

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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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28,452

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Utah

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Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

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31,713

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West Virginia

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30,311

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Wisconsin

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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


Edsurge.com

November 20, 2019

Rethinking Recess Leads to Results On and Off the Playground ›

At first glance, it looks like your standard recess at Eliza Chappell Elementary School.  But upon closer inspection, what is happening outside during recess is in fact rather unusual. Every student is occupied with one activity or another—even those on the jungle gym. The games are clear, organized and inclusive. And a specially trained coach…

UC Santa Cruz

November 14, 2019

Learning on the playground: How elementary school recess enhances every aspect of child development ›

“Recess is an essential but often neglected part of the school day,” said Rebecca London, author of the new book Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School. “Every child needs recess, but recess is not distributed equitably.”

November 13, 2019

Nov 13, 2020 is World Kindness Day ›

In celebration of #WorldKindnessDay and #RealPlayersDontBully, we want everyone to know it’s cool to be kind! With the contagious power of positivity and kindness, you can help shift the culture of your school, community, and world.  We, at Playworks, are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school. We create a…

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…

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