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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. 

Lack of funding for staff development leaves many teachers unprepared to handle the social and emotional challenges students face. Playworks develops critical skills students need to be successful at recess and in the classroom, providing teachers the support they need to optimize their school day.

Jayne Ropella

Principal, Randolph Heights Elementary School, St. Paul, MN

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November 12, 2018

Perseverance to Achieve Goals ›

Austin is the smallest kid in his grade. He is sometimes teased by his peers, but he has a determined attitude and is confident he can do anything he if…

September 13, 2018

Mounds View Principal is Ready for Playworks ›

Mounds View Principal: “Feeling of camaraderie with Coach and Staff” Todd Durand, Principal at Island Lake Elementary, says staff feels supported; that systems of structure and consistency are blooming. He…

September 5, 2018

Principal for Playworks ›

Nova Classical Academy is a first-year Playworks school. Principal Brooke Tousignant talks about her previously challenges and why she wanted Playworks this year!

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