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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September 23, 2019

It’s Recess Checkup Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of…

September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

August 15, 2019

Playworks Leadership NOW ›

Why Play Matters Play is vital for our children’s development of civility, social skills, physical activity, and leadership. Through safe and healthy play, we have an opportunity to make a mark and shift the dynamic for our youngest generation and those that support them. This is our mission at Playworks With electronics, a lack of…

August 6, 2019

Football Extravaganza 2019—Breaking Barriers ›

On May 24, Playworks partnered with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation to host the second annual Flag Football Extravaganza. The event took place at Folger Park in SE, Washington D.C. Both Brent Elementary and St. Peters participated in this day of play. Washington Valor players Jared Dangerfield, Deveric Gallington, Jadar Johnson, and Leon Mackey J instructed…

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Events


October 30, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Let’s End Bullying 2019 ›

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of Playworks’ Real Players Don’t Bully campaign and bullying awareness month over breakfast, awards, and a solution-oriented panel. Playworks and Google headline this…

November 01, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Playworks Mid-Atlantic Washington, DC Game Changer ›

  Join us for lunch at one of our partner schools and learn more about how the power of play can transform schools. You’ll have an opportunity to observe the…

November 02, 2019 @ 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 2nd,2019! Volunteer with Playworks DC for…

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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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