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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. 


We empower kids by leveraging the power of safe, fun and healthy play. Our unique program focuses on in-school time for elementary schools across the DMV. Learn more about our impact.  Read our Year in Review 2019.

Year in Review 2019

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July 22, 2019

How SEL transformed our school ›

SEL has helped a DC Dean of Students to promote a safer, more loving and joyous school  family environment, and has truly transformed the school. By partnering with Playworks,  Langley Elementary has experienced a large shift in promoting a positve,…

March 25, 2019

Kindness is Cool! An Impactful Day of Leadership and Peer Training ›

Playworks of Greater Washington DC (Playworks DMV) and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation co-hosted the Playworks Annual Junior Coach Leadership Conference (JCLC) 2019 on Thursday, March 14, at Capital One Arena for a day of team building, learning, awards,…

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…

I believe that Playworks has made the school a better place by providing students a safe outlet to play and allowing them to come together through play.

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