Playworks Indiana 2020-2021 Impact Report

  1. Updates

For over 20 years, Playworks has given kids foundational skills for success on the playground, in the classroom, and in the community. We are the leading organization that leverages play to promote healthy behaviors and increase social and emotional learning, at recess and throughout the school day.

During this last school year, we were all faced with new challenges brought on by the pandemic and had to constantly adapt to changing instructional environments. As we endured a year of pandemic learning with our school partners, Playworks remained committed to creating learning environments where all students are included and have the opportunity to be physically active while developing key social-emotional skills, like cooperation and conflict resolution. These skills are more essential than ever in helping kids combat the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and experience joy again, all through the power of play.

Despite the challenges of pandemic learning, Playworks ensured more than 48,000 children in 134 Indiana elementary schools and youth organizations experienced safe, healthy, and inclusive play this past school year.  As we embark on the new school year here in Indiana, there is a lot to be celebrated! Playworks Indiana is proud to share our 2020-2021 Indiana Impact Report

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More Updates


August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…