January 24, 2024

Indoor Recess Transition Plan ›

From snow and cold to rain, smog, and everything in between, weather can throw a wrench in your outdoor recess plans. When inclement weather strikes, transitioning to indoor play can…

December 18, 2023

Playworks recognized as a NYSS Champion ›

Playworks becomes an NYSS Champion Playworks is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

Fastbreak Foundation logo
Fastbreak Foundation logo


November 3, 2023

The Fastbreak Foundation Announces 2023-24 Starting Five Grant Recipients ›

The Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx announced the 2023-24 season Starting Five grant recipients from the Fastbreak Foundation. This year’s grant recipients includes Playworks MN, A Mothers Love Initiative, Special Olympics…

US Bank employees playing foursquare
US Bank employees playing foursquare

US Bank

August 28, 2023

Making an impact one recess at a time ›

Recess on the Hill, as it’s known, is hosted by local nonprofit Playworks and was created to raise awareness of the power of play. U.S. Bank executive vice president of consumer lending…


June 2, 2023

Recess with a purpose | Beloved guest educator specializes in ‘social play’ ›

Coach Travis Evans is reintroducing kids to skills disrupted because of the pandemic…A program specialist for nonprofit Playworks, Evans shows classrooms how to play games that get more challenging each round. Visits…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical…

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,…

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…

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.…