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Playworks’ evidence-based services make a difference in our community.

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Playworks brings out the best in every kid, through play. 

We build a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging. Partnering with teachers, principals, and parents, we make sure kids have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom, and in our community. A randomized control trial found that compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active and teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior. Learn more about our impact. 

I believe that Playworks has made the school a better place by providing students a safe outlet to play and allowing them to come together through play.

Connie-Lyn Klein

Playworks Teacher

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November 12, 2018

Finding the Confidence to Try Again ›

Chanceline is originally from Africa where she says school looks, sounds, and feels much different than here in the United States. She says that here school is “great because it’s normal and fun, if you get it wrong, you try…

AZCentral

November 10, 2017

Sequoia Lehi Charter School offers personal attention to students ›

There’s that old saying, “Big things come in small packages.” It certainly fits Sequoia Lehi Charter School in Mesa, where the school’s small physical size enables teachers and staff to make a big impact on K-6 students. “The most important…

September 14, 2016

From Principal to Playworker ›

Kara Largent joined the Playworks Arizona team in July 2016 as the new regional partnerships director. Although Playworks Arizona is always growing, what makes this new staff member different is her background. Kara spent the first 15 years of her…

Schools using Playworks see a measurable difference.


94%of staff agree that Playworks improves the school climate
97%of staff report that more students are physically active
92%of staff report an increase in students’ use of independent conflict resolution strategies, like rock paper scissors

On average, 16 hours of classroom learning time is recovered at Arizona Playworks schools.

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