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

We build a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging. Partnering with teachers, principals, and parents, we make sure kids have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom, and in our community. A randomized control trial 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. Learn more about our impact. 

I have a student whose difficulties sometimes makes other students keep their distance; however, during Playworks, he has opportunities to show that he is an important part of the group and all depend on him to accomplish tasks required to play the games. Everyone in class benefits from learning to give others a chance.

Maria Tamez

Teacher, Academy of the Americas, Detroit, MI

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November 12, 2018

Playground Aide Turned Recess Hero ›

Sharifa Mohamed has worked as a noon hour aide for the last five years. The same group of enthusiastic aides had been on their school’s playground for years, helping to provide a safe space for kids to laugh, learn, and…

November 12, 2018

Playworks Helps Make Leadership a Family Tradition ›

Junior Coach Natalie is making Playworks a family tradition. From the very first day, she knew the rules to almost every game, and even some cheers her Playworks coach didn’t know. It turns out Natalie had been learning what it…

March 5, 2018

Getting Things Done in the Motor City! ›

Our AmeriCorps members are the shining light of the programming here in Michigan! They hold the very rewarding, and sometimes challenging position of being the day-to-day faces of our overall mission. All of our Playworks Coach schools are supported by…

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