Back to School, Back to Play

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As children prepare to go “back” to school – whether in-person, virtual or a hybrid of the two, we know that schools and educators are developing varied plans for reopening. No matter what variation of learning – online or in-person – schools and parents offer for the upcoming school year, Playworks is here to ensure kids have the opportunity to play safely every day. Playworks Michigan plans to reach at least 35 schools in the 2020-21 school year. 

Our mission remains steadfast, to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play, and with support from Delta Dental, Playworks Michigan will acquire the necessary technology and equipment to serve approximately 7,000 students in 210 classrooms in both digital and safe socially-distanced environments on a daily basis for the entirety of the school year. 

Our Playworks team, along with our school partners, has been working diligently to modify and adapt many of our historically in-person trainings and programs to be delivered virtually in a COVID-19 environment. We are also committed to supporting schools by offering in-person play and recess with adherence to CDC guidelines.  

In preparing to deliver programming virtually, Playworks is transforming our traditional office space into two broadcast studios that our staff members can use when supporting play at each of our partner schools. In order to build out a studio, we will purchase technical equipment like webcams, microphones, tripods, and lighting fixtures. 

Delta Dental has generously agreed to match all contributions towards our “Back to School, Back to Play” campaign, up to $15,000. Playworks seeks to raise a total of $30,000 to purchase necessary equipment, prepare our staff for safe returns to schools and ensure that children get the opportunity to play, be joyful and learn valuable social and emotional skills when they need it most. 

Please consider joining Delta Dental by contributing $10, $20, $100 or any amount to help us reach our $30,000 goal and ensure vibrant school communities. The campaign will run through September 25, 2020.


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December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…

October 6, 2020

Using Play to Foster Social Connections and Physical Activity ›

Play isn’t just fun and games – it’s a vital aspect of our health and well-being. When we play, we engage our bodies, minds, and senses, creating opportunities for increased physical activity, learning, and connection with others. Play can even help relieve stress and support the development of important social-emotional skills, including communication and cooperation.…

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…