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February 8, 2018

Playworks Colorado ›

Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

January 10, 2018

Greenpoint woman rings opening bell at Nasdaq ›

Laura James, chairwoman of the Advisory Board of Playworks New York/New Jersey, a nonprofit firm that works with schools to promote the emotional health of students by revamping recess and playtime activities on school playgrounds, had the honor of ringing the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite Studio in Times Square on Jan. 2.  Photo by…

December 13, 2017

OP-ED: Building United Communities One Playground At A Time ›

Playtime is undervalued. Conflicts that arise on the playground during recess often bring behavioral problems into the classroom and impact teaching, student attention, and learning. In urban areas, in particular, students do not have enough opportunities to play because space and resources can be limited. Technology is also changing the way kids play. But, play…

November 30, 2017

Eye On Education: Recess Revolution ›

Playworks coaches are at the school every day. They are trained to be a caring, consistent adult, organizing games or helping children resolve conflicts that might pop up during recess. And they train fourth graders to be junior coaches.

November 22, 2017

Do kids really have to be taught how to play? ›

A Playworks coach might organize a kickball game, four square or other activities that students enjoy during recess – and then hang around and encourage everyone to participate. He or she might step in to assist students in resolving a conflict or to iron out game rules before yelling or name-calling can begin.

October 11, 2017

Detroit Lions Connect with Kids at Anti-Bullying Pep Rally ›

Marvin Jones has plenty of experience getting into the end zone, but on Tuesday the Lions wide out and some his teammates entered the anti-bullying zone. “It’s all about spreading love and spreading positivity,” he said. You can learn that at an early age and it’s our job as grownups to teach these kids the right way…

September 29, 2017

Toys R Us Wants to Be a ‘Champion of Play’ With New Brand Positioning ›

One of the brand’s partnerships includes a curated content strategy with a partner, Playworks, that will include blog posts, checklists, play recipes and family games.

July 26, 2017

Americans Value Play but Financial Stress Gets in the Way; U.S. Bank Launches Community Possible Month of Play ›

Americans value play, but financial stress continues to limit play time. U.S. Bank, in partnership with Playworks, checked in with Americans across the country in a new survey, analyzing Americans’ relationship with play. According to the survey, 98 percent of people said they think play is valuable, 86 percent believe it can relieve stress and…

June 26, 2017

From the playground to the boardroom, how Playworks Louisiana is training the next local leaders ›

Since 2009, Playworks Louisiana has partnered with local schools, districts and after-school programs to promote safe and healthy recess on playgrounds, training children on how to interact appropriately, create an atmosphere of inclusion and resolve conflicts in healthy ways. The nonprofit is currently in eight local schools, with a goal of expanding to 20. It…