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Children at Recess

National PTA

September 27, 2019

Recess: Is it Just for Play? ›

Recess is often a student’s favorite time of their school day and it also leads to better behavior and academic performance. Yet a recent report revealed only 16% of states require elementary schools to have daily recess. Researcher and dad, William Massey, explains the benefits of recess, what high-quality recess looks like and how parents…

Nonprofit Leadership Podcasts

August 5, 2019

How Important the Role of Play is in a Child’s Overall Development May Surprise You ›

Listen to our founder, Jill Vialet, in her recent interview with Rob Harter on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast as she explains why play is vital to a child’s healthy development.

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

June 14, 2019

Jill Vialet Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by PCSFN ›

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet wins President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.

Good Morning America

June 3, 2019

Playworks Coaches Max Langaard and Matthew Bailey on GMA ›

Former Playworks Coach Max Langaard and Playworks Coach Matthew Bailey were featured on Good Morning America and were surprised with NBA finals tickets. They highlighted the lifetime bond they developed and their shared love of basketball. They’re both incredible role models! Watch their inspiring story.

The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast

May 13, 2019

5 Ways to Leverage Play In Your Class Today ›

Play belongs in every classroom. Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet joins the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast to discuss how teachers can leverage the power of play in their classrooms.

Time for Kids

May 8, 2019

Recess Reform ›

Today, at least six states have laws that require elementary schools to provide daily recess. Other states are considering similar bills. Kids can help change recess laws too. According to the 2017 CDC and SHAPE America report, recess can improve a child’s memory. It can also improve a child’s focus.


May 3, 2019

Expert: Kids need more recess ›

Schools that allow recess to take a backseat are missing out on how breaks can benefit students, according to an expert. In a recent interview with the American Journal of Play, Olga Jarrett, a professor emerita in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University, described the current state of children’s play…

The 74

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…