Updates

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

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…

group of adults assembling kits
group of adults assembling kits

February 2, 2022

Partner with Playworks – Teacher Appreciation Kits ›

Playworks strives to engage with corporate partners and their employees as they play with purpose and experience the importance of our mission – as safe, healthy play and connectivity to our communities proves to be as important as ever – for youth and adults.  This opportunity is a fun and tactile way to engage corporate…

screenshot of recess video
screenshot of recess video

Aurora Public Schools Teams up With Non-profit to Strengthen Kiddos Social & Emotional Skills

November 29, 2021

Partnership with Aurora Public Schools to Strengthen SEL Skills ›

The browser you are using does not have support for iframes. Please upgrade to the latest version to see this content. Aurora Public Schools is partnering with Playworks to increase opportunities for kids to gain critical social and emotional skills through play. This new support is available to elementary school students at 32 elementary schools…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

image of coffee bag
image of coffee bag

August 23, 2021

Introducing Playworks Coffee by Cake Crumbs! ›

The Get Out and Play! Blend benefiting Playworks by Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe is now available. We are so excited to partner with Cake Crumbs to bring this playful medium blend to your morning! A portion of retail and subscription sale proceeds will go directly to supporting Playworks and the important work we do…

screenshot of video with several faces
screenshot of video with several faces

August 18, 2021

Playworks at Aurora Public Schools ›

Considering Playworks as an APS educator? Read more! Playworks Colorado is excited to have the opportunity to partner with Aurora Public Schools in the 2021-2021 school year. We will work together to build on your schools existing assets to increase students social emotional skills and create safe, inclusive opportunities for play for every kid. Welcome…

Coach Myranda Day in the Life Schedule
Coach Myranda Day in the Life Schedule

April 30, 2021

A Day in the Life of a Playworks Coach ›

Here at Playworks, our coaches work directly with our partner schools to ensure that every kid has access to safe and healthy play. Their busy days are filled with Class Game Time, Recess, and other components to our programming. Below is an example schedule from Playworks Colorado’s own Coach Myranda to highlight the work our…

April 30, 2021

Denver Broncos Bradley Chubb Visits 5th Grade Students ›

5th Grade classes at Village East Elementary School, a Playworks Colorado and Denver Broncos partner school, were joined by Denver Broncos Linebacker Bradley Chubb earlier this week. Students and teachers who can see the end of this school year were excited to have the virtual visit from Brandley Chubb to celebrate their success after a…