Play Partners

Playworks believes that all children deserve the opportunity to engage in safe and healthy play. We are excited about partnering with others who share this belief and recognize the positive benefits that investing in safe and healthy play can have in communities across the country. We seek to collaborate with and celebrate the successes of a range of partners focused on serving youth, changing adult practice, influencing decision-makers, and building awareness around this issue. If you are interested in making safe and healthy play a reality for many more kids each day please consider joining us in this effort.

Please get in touch if you are interested in being part of a broader effort to make safe and healthy play a reality for kids across the country.


The Action for Healthy Kids network seeks to mobilize school professionals, families, and communities to take actions that lead to healthy eating, physical activity, and healthier schools where kids thrive.

Playworks is excited to be a part of the broader AFHK coalition as a national member given the alignment in our missions and the opportunity to bring our shared tools and resources to many more schools across the country.

 

 

Active Schools is a national movement that aims to ensure that kids participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day in K-12 schools across the country. Active Schools provides resources and tools to help schools increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for kids.

Playworks is a partner in the Active Schools movement and is excited to collaborate with the range of organizations involved in this effort.  As part of our partnership, Playworks extends grant opportunities to schools in the Active Schools network to apply for professional development opportunities and provides schools in the network a 10% discount on our Power of Play training.  Learn more.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a civil rights and human relations agency that stands up to bigotry and bias of all kinds. One initiative towards the ADL’s mission is the No Place for Hate® campaign which aims to provide resources and tools with the goal of building safe and inclusive communities for everyone.

Playworks has partnered with ADL to provide Power of Play workshops to selected schools participating in ADL’s No Place for Hate campaign to promote safe and healthy play along with diversity and inclusion efforts.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation aims to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits by equipping adults in schools and community groups with the tools they need to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Playworks are teaming up to increase awareness of and resources for social and emotional development among kids in schools and out-of-school time.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the world’s leading organization advancing the practice of promoting integrated academic, social, and emotional learning for all children. CASEL’s efforts are focused in three areas: research to build the evidence base; practice to implement, refine, and demonstrate high-quality SEL in school districts, and create scalable tools and resources; and state and federal policy to help create the conditions for success nationwide.

Playworks has partnered with CASEL to provide Power of Play workshops to selected schools in CASEL’s Collaborating District Initiative and to share knowledge about how to build social emotional skills through play.  

As the nation’s health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

CDC has developed a nationally used tool called the School Health Index to help schools improve their health and safety policies and programs.  Playworks provided input on strategies for recess and safe and healthy play in schools for this tool given our expertise in this area.

Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.

Playworks has partnered with Good Sports and their equipment kit program to share our game guide and Recess Checkup alongside the equipment kits donated to schools in the Good Sports network. For more information please visit www.goodsports.org.

The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is a campaign that is bringing together thousands of schools nationwide to collectively walk and run one billion miles. The Billion Mile Race online platform provides free tools and resources to help your school get started, and when you share miles toward the national goal your school will earn eligibility for awesome grants and prizes.  Learn more and register your school by visiting www.billionmilerace.org/register.

Playworks is partnering with Billion Miles Race to share best practices and resources throughout our respective school networks.

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. The organization’s National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country.

SHAPE America recently partnered with the CDC as it was refining the School Health Index to help schools improve their health and safety policies and programs.  Given our expertise in this area, Playworks collaborated with both SHAPE America and CDC to provide input on the “Strategies for Recess in Schools” document and safe and healthy play.

StriveTogether is a national nonprofit working to improve education across the country for every child. The organization helps a network of 70 communities get better results for six cradle-to-career goals and close gaps by race, income, gender and zip code. StriveTogether coaches and connects partners to solve problems with data; uses a rigorous approach to define and measure progress; and pushes people on changing behavior for lasting change.

Playworks has supported StriveTogether in sharing measurement frameworks and tools that can help communities develop and deepen their respective approaches around social emotional learning.