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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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May 22, 2017

Playworks Announces Arizona Coach Mitzi Ortega 2017 Rookie of the Year ›

On Friday May 12th, Playworks presented Mitzi Ortega with the Rookie of the Year Award at its annual Get in the Game Gala in San Francisco. Mitzi, a first-year Playworks AmeriCorps coach, was recognized for her exceptional commitment to service. For…

December 13, 2016

3,473 Avondale Kids Set High-Five World Record ›

It took 67 minutes for the nearly 3,500 third- through eighth-graders to break the Guinness World Record for the longest high-five chain.  Some eager and some shy, the 3,473 children from the Avondale Elementary School District high-fived in a line that snaked…

April 14, 2016

Governor Doug Ducey Tours Loma Linda Elementary School ›

Governor Doug Ducey visited Loma Linda Elementary School in Creighton Elementary School District on April 18, 2016. During his visit, Governor Ducey was able to observe Playworks, an innovative play-based learning program in its fourth year of implementation at Loma…

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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