Updates

January 19, 2023

Introducing New Members of Playworks Board of Directors ›

Playworks is thrilled to welcome three new members to our National Board of Directors. Each brings a unique set of talents and perspective that will support Playworks’ mission. The individuals who joined the Playworks Board in December 2022 are: Leslie Boissiere Vice President, External Affairs Annie E. Casey Foundation Leslie oversees the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s…

kids playing catch
kids playing catch

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

athletes playing with students
athletes playing with students

December 20, 2022

Celebrating 2022’s Big Moments ›

As 2022 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on big moments that took place across Playworks nation this year.  1. Celebrating 25 Years  The 2021-2022 school year marked a major milestone for our team as we celebrated 25 years of bringing the power of play to kids across the country. Since our launch in 1996,…

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top rated nonprofit logo

October 27, 2022

Playworks earns 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2022 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. Playworks was honored with this award based on the large number of positive reviews written by our schools, supporters, and parents. “Our work is not possible without our school partners, board members, volunteers, and all…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

children holding hands in circle
children holding hands in circle

June 21, 2022

Playworks Pilot Program Spotlight: TagTeam ›

Playworks launched a pilot of TagTeam in partnership with Boys and Girls Club of America in cities across the country, beginning in 2019. This pilot expansion has been supported by The Allstate Foundation. Read about Playworks Indiana’s experience implementing TagTeam with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and Liberty Park Elementary School in Metropolitan…

two kids holding kickballs
two kids holding kickballs

May 19, 2022

Playworks Welcomes New Members to National Board of Directors ›

Playworks is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the national Board of Directors. “I am thrilled to welcome our new board members,” said CEO Elizabeth Cushing. “The unique perspectives and leadership they bring will be vital to Playworks as we continue working to ensure that every child experiences safe and healthy…

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updating you on Playworks equity journey graphic

April 28, 2022

Updating you on our equity journey ›

When Playworks began our equity journey several years ago, we knew it would be a long term investment in our people, partners, and communities. We committed to centering equity as we prioritize partnerships with diverse communities nationwide, and this needed to begin by addressing racial equity in Playworks. We began by developing a team of…

March 14, 2022

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2022 ›

Playworks AmeriCorps members, we see YOU! Join us this week in a celebration of the contributions AmeriCorps members make in our communities. This school year, we have 63 Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches serving approximately 47,500 students in our schools. Playworks coaches are caring, consistent adults, working to make playgrounds safer and to help create positive school…