Playworks Illinois

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

Get Involved

About

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.

Learn more about our impact

Latest News


December 4, 2019

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children. While past studies explored the benefits related to the amount of recess time, this is the first study to address…

Edsurge.com

November 20, 2019

Rethinking Recess Leads to Results On and Off the Playground ›

At first glance, it looks like your standard recess at Eliza Chappell Elementary School.  But upon closer inspection, what is happening outside during recess is in fact rather unusual. Every student is occupied with one activity or another—even those on the jungle gym. The games are clear, organized and inclusive. And a specially trained coach…

November 7, 2019

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves. Kids need us to make that possible for them.  Not all kids feel like they fit in at school. Feeling safe and like you belong is…

November 6, 2019

Playworks Named 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2019 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…

See all News ›

Upcoming Events


January 22, 2020 @ 5:30 PM

Playmakers Happy Hour ›

Join us at District Brew Yards on Wednesday, January 22 for a Playmakers Happy Hour. As part of their “Cents for Causes” initiative, the Brew Yards will donate 10 cents…

View all events ›

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.

Contact Us


650 W Lake Street
Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661

t: 312.631.3637
f: 877.209.5173

  

Support Play

A little goes a long way. Help Playworks give children a good start.

Donate Now