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

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!

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children.

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

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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

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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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99,975

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Maryland

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55,555

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Massachusetts

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99,975

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Michigan

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77,916

Kids Reached in Michigan in the last year

Minnesota

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39,648

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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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99,975

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New Jersey

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96,309

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New Mexico

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New York

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96,309

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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

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Rhode Island

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99,975

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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

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Utah

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52,722

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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

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Wisconsin

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55,392

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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


March 24, 2020

#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…

March 16, 2020

Helping Our Communities ›

Like you, we are very concerned as the spreading coronavirus impacts so many people, communities, and organizations across the country. Our priority is to take actions for everyone’s safety. We are following CDC and state/local health agency guidelines and are partnering with schools with an aim of preventing the spread of the virus, while also…

March 6, 2020

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2020 ›

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us in a week-long celebration of all the contributions AmeriCorps members make in our communities. This school year, we have about 200 Playworks AmeriCorps coaches serving in our schools. Playworks coaches are caring, consistent adults, working to make playgrounds safer and to help create positive school…

January 28, 2020

Playworks Joins Forces to Expand Support for Youth Programs Across the Country ›

Together, Let’s #InvestInKids Playworks has teamed up with 12 of the nation’s leading youth programs to launch Be a Champion, #InvestInKids to raise awareness and increase support for youth programs across the country. Every day, these programs reach millions of kids across the U.S. and make a positive impact in their communities and the world…

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Events


May 07, 2020

Get in the Game 2020 Northern California ›

Join us for our annual Gala ‘Get In The Game’ Please join us as we celebrate thousands of students having access to safe and healthy play everyday. We will combine…

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