Playworks of Greater Washington DC

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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August 20, 2018

The Magic of Junior Coaches – Stories from our Coaches ›

As we step into a brand new school year, let’s take a quick look back at how, with your help, our Junior Coaches turned the playground around. Here are two quick stories from our Coaches. Overcoming Fears – Coach Em It is not surprising that newly appointed Junior Coaches would feel nervous when tasked with…

August 10, 2018

VA Recess Law Roundtable ›

The Results are In! We had an exciting full day of support for the new VA Recess Recess Law with key Virginia legislators, educators and supporters of safe and healthy play on August 7, 2018 in Richmond, VA.  The day opened with a roundtable session hosted at the RMHF followed by a press conference at…

August 1, 2018

Year in Review 2018 ›

Year in Review 2018 As the school year ends and we look forward to the next year, let’s take a look back at this past year and see all the amazing accomplishments, events and ways you made a difference. Thank you for prioritizing play! Year in Review

July 9, 2018

Junior Youth Leadership in Action ›

Playworks of Greater Washington DC’s first joint recess was a learning experience for Junior Coaches at River Terrace Education Campus and Payne Elementary School. On May 14, 2018, the Playworks DC region organized our first-ever joint recess between two schools. We organised a combined recess with Payne Elementary School, a school with a full-time Playworks…

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Events


November 03, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Hot Cider Hustle Volunteer Opportunity ›

What do hot cider, service hours, and free t-shirts have in common? They can all be found at the National Harbor on Saturday, November 3! Volunteer with Playworks DC for…

November 14, 2018

You’re Invited to Recess-Real Players Don’t Bully Campaign ›

Stand up for inclusion by joining us at the culminating event for the Real Players Don’t Bully campaign, brought to you by Playworks and Be Internet Awesome! The campaign, which takes…

March 01, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Junior Coach Leadership Conference ›

Celebrating our Young Leaders Every year, Playworks DMV and our partner, the MSE Foundation, brings together students involved in our Junior Coach Leadership Program for an exciting day of team…

May 01, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Inaugural Junior Kickball Fundraiser ›

Playworks Presents its Inaugural Junior Kickball Fundraiser Support fun and safe play for all students with a friendly kickball tournament! Junior Kickball is an opportunity to volunteer to play, donate,…

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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.

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1411 K Street, NW
Suite 6
Washington D.C. 20005

t: 202.822.0097
f: 202.747.5880

   

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