Playworks brings out the best in every kid, through play.

In partnership with teachers, principals, and parents, we build a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging and have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom, and into their communities. A randomized control trial by Stanford University and Mathematica Policy Research 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.

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RAND Review: Playworks in Top ESSA Tier for Evidence of Impact

Playworks Coach is a Tier I social-emotional learning intervention for elementary schools, meeting rigorous evaluation requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Read the new report by RAND Corporation and The Wallace Foundation.



Reports & Research

Strategies for Recess in Schools

US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Shape America, January, 2017

The Crucial Role of Recess in Schools

Pediatrics, January 2013

School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior

American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2009

We’ve gone from kind of dreading teaching the period right after recess to it being a very productive academic time.

Audra Philippon


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child smiling
child smiling

November 6, 2018

Empowering Kids to be Courageous ›

Eric is a kindergarten student who rarely chose to play at recess. He was pleasant and talkative with teachers and recess staff, but was hesitant to interact with classmates. One day, Eric came to recess carrying a napkin, on which he had written, “I want to play Paper Clip Football.” Paper Clip Football is a…

boy on playground
boy on playground

November 7, 2018

Bringing Out the Kindness from Within ›

When I first arrived at my school as the new Playworks Coach, I found that many students came to school tired and cranky, and were quick to fight, swear, cheat, and lie during recess games. However, there were some students who wanted to cooperate and participate, demonstrating respect, responsibility, inclusivity and healthy play. I needed…

girl smiling on blacktop
girl smiling on blacktop

November 8, 2018

Helping Students Uncover their Leadership Potential ›

When I showed my principal the list of students accepted to our school’s Junior Coach program this year, she gasped. One fifth grade name in particular stood out to her. I didn’t know Lailaney’s story, but it turned out she was the school’s inspiration to partner with Playworks. During her third grade year, the playground…

Annual Survey

Teachers, principals, and other school staff at Playworks schools complete an annual survey, which gives Playworks both quantitative and qualitative data about the changes in student behavior and school environment that have occurred as a result of Playworks programming. Playworks analyzes survey results at the school, regional and national levels. As a result of the feedback we receive, Playworks updates and improves our services to better fit the needs of every school.


of administrators, teachers and support staff agree that Playworks helps improve overall school climate

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