Playworks Colorado

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

The Denver Gazette

May 9, 2022

Deputy secretary of education visits Aurora ›

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten visited Clyde Miller P-8 on Wednesday to see how emergency relief funds are being used in local districts.  With an eye on mental health efforts, Aurora Public Schools is partnering with Playworks and other fantastic organizations to support our students in Colorado. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy…

Sentinel Colorado

May 5, 2022

Deputy secretary of education visits Aurora Public Schools with eye on mental health efforts ›

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten and Playworks CEO Elizabeth Cushing joined Playworks Colorado on Wednesday to see our partnership with Aurora Public Schools in action. While the weather forced us inside, the rain didn’t stop Coach Jack from facilitating an engaging recess with games like RoShamBo (Rock Paper Scissors) Rockstar and RoShamBo Evolution.

Denver7 News

April 1, 2022

Colorado students, schools reflect on year of Playworks amid pandemic ›

All year, schools have been trying to rise to the challenge of transitioning students back into interacting with their peers. Many of these schools turned to Playworks Colorado to help students ease pandemic trauma through play.

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October 06, 2022

5 Ways to Have a Great Recess Webinar ›

Big changes start small. Join us as we kick-off The Game Plan, a free, four-part webinar series designed to provide practical solutions for principals, district administrators, teachers, and leaders of…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

A Better Recess with Playworks


In the 2021-2022 school year Playworks began a district
wide partnership with Aurora Public Schools District (APS) impacting 14,300 students.

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PO Box 172625
Denver, CO 80217

t: 720-616-6148
f: 720.457.5001

      

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