After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New England was front and center. Download our full 2021-22 Year End Report and read more about our year here.
- 73,900 kids experiencing safe & healthy play in school.
- 202 partner schools across New England.
- 357 youth leaders in our Junior Coach program.
- 1,170 school staff members trained by Playworks professionals.
Highlights from 2021-22:
- Innovation through district-wide partnerships: From partnering with the Salem Public School District to remixing recess for 4-8th graders alongside the Boston Public Schools Health & Wellness department, our district partnership approach is allowing us to bring play to more students
- Junior Coach Graduation Ceremony: Junior Coach Graduation featured games led by Playworks Coaches that are staples at any recess: you could play independently at a jump rope station, get competitive on the four square court, work as a team with new friends playing dodgeball, or stop by the photobooth to commemorate the day with family members.
- Recess Champions in Rhode Island: Recess Rocks in Rhode Island honored 4 Recess Champions across the state this year: 2 Providence PE Teachers, a Richmond TA, and a North Smithfield School Counselor. Recess Champions are school staff members who go above and beyond in implementing Playworks practices to create safe, engaging, and empowering play environments.
- Girls Basketball Extravaganza: On a Saturday morning in May, we hosted our first ever Girls Basketball Extravaganza, complete with opening ceremonies, skill stations, and basketball-adapted Playworks games such as Steal the Bacon and Foxes and Bunnies.
In 2021-22, our top priorities focused on restoring access to safe, healthy play for vulnerable students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, focusing on four key objectives:
- Continue to deliver high-quality programs
- Innovate our partnerships to best meet student needs in the changing environment
- Be a thought partner with schools and districts as we customize our programs based on expressed needs
- Explore new policy strategies to advocate for state-wide changes that increase equitable access to play