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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. 

Playworks helped us restructure our recess time to ensure all students ranging from K-8 had individualized activities. Through the various activities, our students’ self-esteem boosted and they learned conflict resolution strategies which they took into the classroom. Playworks is an outstanding program that embraces social and emotional learning.

Maria Merlo

Principal, Lafayette Elementary, Newark, NJ

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November 12, 2018

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work ›

To the kids at the school where I was a Playworks Coach, being a positive team player wasn’t always the popular thing to do. When I was tasked with coaching the boys basketball team, I learned quickly that I had…

October 29, 2018

Race to Reduce Bullying Connected the Community ›

On Saturday, October 20, Playworks New York/New Jersey hosted the Race to Reduce Bullying 5k at Branch Brook Park. This family-friendly fundraiser included music, games, giveaways, and activities. The community-building event brought out an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed an opportunity…

September 4, 2018

How Schools Can Make Those 20 minutes Go Smoothly ›

On Friday August 10th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill from the New Jersey State Senate making 20 minutes of recess every day mandatory for all Garden State elementary schools. Students are now guaranteed 20 minutes of play…

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