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

Introducing New Members of Playworks Board of Directors ›

Playworks is thrilled to welcome five new members to our National Board of Directors. Each brings a unique set of talents and perspective that will support Playworks’ mission. The individuals who…

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Updating you on our equity journey ›

When Playworks began our equity journey several years ago, we knew it would be a long term investment in our people, partners, and communities. We committed to centering equity as…

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Careers ›


Join our team! Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. 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, including recruiting and retaining the best talent we can.

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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20,000

Kids served 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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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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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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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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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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44,279

Kids Reached in Pennsylvania in the last year

Rhode Island

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99,975

Kids Reached in New England in the last year

South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

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Texas

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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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Washington

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31,713

Kids served in the Pacific Northwest in the last year

West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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55,392

Kids Reached in Wisconsin in the last year

Wyoming

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Over 2 Million

Children reacheD in 3,000+ Schools

Playworks has been ensuring children experience safe, healthy play every day for over 25 years. 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


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Global Recess Alliance logo

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…

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kids with Coach Hoops

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…

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News


January 24, 2024

Indoor Recess Transition Plan ›

From snow and cold to rain, smog, and everything in between, weather can throw a wrench in your outdoor recess plans. When inclement weather strikes, transitioning to indoor play can…

December 18, 2023

Playworks recognized as a NYSS Champion ›

Playworks becomes an NYSS Champion Playworks is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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December 14, 2023

Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Elizabeth Cushing of Playworks Is Helping To Change Our World ›

Learn how Playworks is making a significant social impact.

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November 2, 2023

Nonprofit Scaling Through Partnership: Sharing Your Secret Sauce ›

Playworks is working toward ensuring that every kid has access to safe and healthy play every day at school. CEO Elizabeth Cushing discusses the path to scale and how Playworks…

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