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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. 

The bottom line for me is that having Playworks ultimately ensures more instructional time. I have found that the kids who can least afford to spend time in my office are the kids who do spend the most time. Having Playworks provides another opportunity for our kids to not only learn but succeed in school and in life.

Robert F. Beam

Principal, Johnson Elementary School

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November 9, 2018

Empowering Kids to be Courageous ›

Eric is a kindergarten student who rarely chose to play at recess. He was pleasant and talkative with teachers and recess staff, but was hesitant to interact with classmates. One day, Eric came to recess carrying a napkin, on which…

November 8, 2018

Helping Students Uncover their Leadership Potential ›

When I showed my principal the list of students accepted to our school’s Junior Coach program this year, she gasped. One fifth grade name in particular stood out to her. I didn’t know Lailaney’s story, but it turned out she…

November 9, 2018

Junior Coaches Lead by Example ›

During my time as a Playworks coach, there were many kids and experiences that touched my life, but none more so than a first grader Elijah. Elijah was new to the school, and at the beginning of the year, was…

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