Updates

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…

updating you on Playworks equity journey graphic
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…

two boys smiling on playground
two boys smiling on playground

January 10, 2022

An expression of generosity from MacKenzie Scott ›

“Each unique expression of generosity will have value far beyond what we can imagine or live to see.” – MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and novelist Playworks is honored to receive a gift from MacKenzie Scott! This generous gift will help us make play accessible to more kids and fund our work with schools and community-based organizations…

screenshot of resource
screenshot of resource

November 5, 2021

AAA’s Creating Safe Spaces Guide and Lesson Plan ›

In partnership with AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah School Safety Patrol program, we’re proud to share teacher-led and student self-guided digital educational resources for Creating Safe Spaces – an interactive guide for students on how to have courageous conversations. AAA Creating Safe Spaces Overview This lesson is all about students being leaders in creating…

Child high-fiving others
Child high-fiving others

September 21, 2021

Playworks Inaugural Day of Giving ›

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of play! Kids need to play more than ever. This year, Playworks is celebrating our 25th anniversary. That’s 25 years of inclusive games, positive language, high-fives, conflict resolution techniques, skill development, and more. We need your support to continue bringing kids the #powerofplay for the next 25 years.…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

kids on playground with pool noodles
kids on playground with pool noodles

May 12, 2021

10 Tips for Teaching Physical Distance ›

As kids return to school in person… It may be difficult to keep them physically distant. Although the CDC has updated COVID safety guidance to be a physical distance of 3 feet for students rather than the previous 6 feet, that can still feel like a lot to children. After months away from their friends…

students playing on blacktop
students playing on blacktop

April 29, 2021

Leveraging Play to Address Learning Loss ›

In order to help kids recover from learning loss, we must ensure their emotional needs are met. We need to prioritize every child’s wellbeing, and that starts with acknowledging that many kids are healing from traumas caused by the pandemic, including social, emotional, and physical impacts of COVID-19.  “When children experience stress and trauma, it…