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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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…