Helping Our Communities

  1. Updates

Like you, we are very concerned as the spreading coronavirus impacts so many people, communities, and organizations across the country. Our priority is to take actions for everyone’s safety. We are following CDC and state/local health agency guidelines and are partnering with schools with an aim of preventing the spread of the virus, while also caring for our employees and their families. Our actions include having employees work at home, changing policies and practices, and more. 

While we join other organizations in changing the way we work for the coming weeks, there is one other thing we are putting in place that we hope will help families whose children are at home and the teachers scrambling to provide online classes. We’ll be highlighting a series of Playworks games on our social media channels in the coming weeks. These will be games that can be played at home with a small number of children or larger groups in schools that are open. Follow along using #PlayworksAtHome and #PlayAtHome. Learn how to play Crack the Code in the video below.

We hope you will share these free games through your networks to help us make sure they get to as many children as possible. Please follow Playworks on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn so you receive these notifications.

We will get through this together as one Playworks community. The continued investment and partnership of philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual supporters will be critical. In uncertain times, we need to rely on one another to support our children and the adults who care for them. 

I take solace from something Abraham Lincoln said:

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”

Thank you for doing your part. We’re grateful that as a member of Playworks’ extended community you are helping us do our part as well.

 

Elizabeth Cushing
President
Playworks

 

More Updates


September 3, 2020

How Equity, Trauma, and Play Intersect ›

The play opportunity gap Play is critical for healthy child development as it is a safe way for kids to experiment and practice building relationships and cooperating with others. And yet, even in normal circumstances before COVID-19, there wasn’t an equal opportunity for every kid to play. We need to make sure this disparity does…

August 14, 2020

Playful Ways to Build Relationships in 2020 ›

Rapport building is always key to a successful, engaging school year. When kids feel safe, empowered, and cared for, they are more likely to attend school, lean into their education, and develop critical social and emotional skills. This year, students around the country are going to school virtually, in-person with potential virtual experiences during COVID…

July 17, 2020

Prioritize a trauma-sensitive approach for the 2020-21 school year ›

Playworks believes in a trauma-sensitive approach Educators should focus on providing a trauma-sensitive approach to the reopening of school. Students are all having different experiences right now. For some students, the shutdown of schools due to COVID has provided them with a welcome reprieve from toxic situations or stressors. For others, it has created an…