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Child leading game on foursquare court
Child leading game on foursquare court

Today Show

September 10, 2021

Why Recess at School is Vital and How it Has Changed ›

Recess quality matters. A high-quality recess can help kids have fun and laugh, feel included, and develop social, emotional, and physical skills. The Today Show highlights why quality play matters to kids right now in this powerful segment featuring Playworks and our partners.


May 24, 2021

All kids deserve to have recess next school year ›

As schools plan for the 2021-22 school year, recess must be valued as a critical part of the school day. Research supports the physical, social, and emotional benefits kids get from play. Playworks partnered with Brookings to share how to play in a COVID-safe way.

kids running and smiling on playground
kids running and smiling on playground

Journal of School Health

January 26, 2021

Unusual Suspects: The People Inside and Outside of School Who Matter in Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Efforts ›

Playworks was featured in this article in the Journal of School Health (JOSH) about the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The article’s findings highlight the key role all adults in the school building play in physical education and physical activity, not just those directly responsible for recess.

Greater Good Science Center

December 7, 2020

How to Find a Place for Kids to Play in the Pandemic ›

With the hardships resulting from the pandemic, and the long term effects of the isolation, stress, and trauma on kids, many wonder what we can do to help kids heal and reconnect. Our answer? Play. Learn more about why kids need play, the role of play in learning, and how to play during a pandemic…

Good Morning America

September 11, 2020

Luke Bryan surprises elementary school coach on GMA ›

Matthew Bailey is a Playworks coach at Manzanita Community Elementary School, the same school he attended as a kid. Playworks is a nonprofit organization that works to help schools and youth programs across the U.S. create recess and play environments. “I want them knowing that they have an African-American role model or someone to look…

November 20, 2019

Rethinking Recess Leads to Results On and Off the Playground ›

At first glance, it looks like your standard recess at Eliza Chappell Elementary School.  But upon closer inspection, what is happening outside during recess is in fact rather unusual. Every student is occupied with one activity or another—even those on the jungle gym. The games are clear, organized and inclusive. And a specially trained coach…

UC Santa Cruz

November 14, 2019

Learning on the playground: How elementary school recess enhances every aspect of child development ›

“Recess is an essential but often neglected part of the school day,” said Rebecca London, author of the new book Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School. “Every child needs recess, but recess is not distributed equitably.”

October 31, 2019

The right to play: Eliminating the opportunity gap in elementary school recess ›

Elementary school students have the right to play during the school day. Closing the recess opportunity gap requires ensuring access to daily recess for all children at school, finding and enforcing alternatives to recess withholding, and designing recess to ensure it supports students’ social, emotional, and physical development.


October 25, 2019

Detroit Lions players encourage students to stand up to bullying ›

Several Lions players took time on Tuesday afternoon to visit the Mason Academy to encourage kindness and to discourage bullying through the act of play. The players met, played with kids and answered questions at a pep rally hosted in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month. Featured photo credit: Detroit Lions Cheerleaders