Playworks of Greater Washington D.C.

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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March 12, 2018

AmeriCorps Appreciation Week ›

It’s AmeriCorps week, and we’d like to take a moment to brag about our members. Our AmeriCorps members have been stepping it up (BAM!) this year to truly serve their communities. Here is a (brief) list of just a few of the things they are getting done this year: Transforming playgrounds at 10 schools in…

January 30, 2018

RAND Review: Playworks Stands Out Among SEL Interventions ›

A new review conducted by RAND Corporation and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation found that Playworks stands out among social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for evidence of impact. The RAND Corporation review found that the Playworks Coach service is one of only seven elementary school SEL interventions to meet the highest criteria for evidence of impact under…

June 7, 2017

Introducing Our Play More Campaign ›

Students today too often experience: exclusion bullying conflicts powerlessness Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. With safe and healthy play, Playworks…

May 5, 2017

Announcing our 2017 Play Champion and Playmaker of the Year! ›

  Playworks DC recently held our inaugural PowerPlayers Breakfast where we invited play supporters from across the region to come together for play, food, and inspiration before work. During the event, we took the time to honor two women who have contributed to the play movement in amazing ways. 2017 Play Champion,  Aimeé Cepeda, Ed.D. Principal,…

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June 01, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Playworks DC 7th Annual DMV Kickball for Kids Tournament! ›

Join Us For Our 7th Annual Kickball Tournament Lace up your kicks and join us for our 7th Annual DMV Kickball for Kids Tournament! Support safe and healthy play for all…

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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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