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April 2, 2019

More Than Just Play — How Recess Can Help Students Build Social-Emotional Skills ›

Playtime is more than just fun and games. Through play, children build confidence and develop critical social-emotional skills, become leaders and better understand how they fit into and interact with the world around them. An American Academy of Pediatrics clinical review found a correlation between playing and building better social-emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills needed for…


February 22, 2019

After being bullied, 4th-grader works to make recess more inclusive ›

Teachers report spending about two hours a day resolving conflicts that start at recess. For some students, recess can be the worst part of their day. At Montview Elementary in Aurora, Colorado, one will find a different kind of recess. It’s common to find older kids helping the younger ones. The older kids even lead…

LinkedIn Talent Blog

January 31, 2019

How to Create a Playful Company Culture ›

When Jill Vialet founded the nonprofit Playworks, her goal was to bring out the best in every child through the power of play, helping kids build important social and emotional skills. And, she later discovered this is exactly what adults need too.

The Washington Times Herald

January 29, 2019

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Takes the Gridiron at Super Bowl LIII ›

Nickelodeon and the NFL are teaming up for Double Dare at Super Bowl, a brand-new Super Bowl-themed episode of the net’s iconic game show, premiering Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12 p.m. ET/PT. Each team will be competing for a $10,000 donation to one of Nickelodeon and the NFL’s pro-social partners, Playworks and Special Olympics, respectively.

American Management Association Playbook

January 25, 2019

Building a Corporate Culture with Play at the Core ›

Organizational culture is the sum of the values and behaviors that contribute to the unique psychological and social environment of an organization. The same programming that we bring to kids—the emphasis on play as a tool for promoting trust and rapport—is an important part of how the Playworks staff interacts. Getting out from behind our…

The Philadelphia Tribune

January 7, 2019

Student takes advantage of opportunities at Chester Arthur School ›

As a fourth-grader at Chester A. Arthur School, London Timmons is involved with different activities at her school. Timmons participates in an enrichment program and is a Playworks Pennsylvania Junior Coach. “I’m a Junior Coach at the kindergarten recess at my school. I come up with different games to play with them and I also make sure…

Comcast Newsmakers

January 3, 2019

Tackling School Bullying ›

One in four U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Playworks President Elizabeth Cushing joined Comcast Newsmakers to discuss how Playworks is working to combat bullying and teach kids about inclusion.

The Philadelphia Tribune

December 4, 2018

Chester A. Arthur student takes on leadership role through recess program ›

Ten-year-old Nafis Johnson has been developing and honing his leadership skills by contributing his time as a Junior Coach for Playworks Pennsylvania. The Playworks Junior Coach program gives selected fourth- and fifth-grade students the tools they need to navigate through school and life. “I’ve been a Junior Coach for Playworks for about a year and a…


November 29, 2018

Playworks and Jump IN for Healthy Kids ›

No more standing around. A new approach to recess keeps kids moving.  Playworks, as well as partners Jump IN for Healthy Kids, aims to keep kids healthy and active in Indiana.  Read the article and watch Jo Yocum, Playworks Indiana’s Executive Director, talk about safe and healthy play.