Updates

Play At Home
Play At Home

March 24, 2020

#PlayAtHome with Playworks ›

Playworks wants to help make sure kids still get to play every day. School closures are significantly changing day-to-day life for kids across the country and the world. Families are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged, active, and having fun. And teachers are looking for support interacting with students virtually. Playworks is here…

March 16, 2020

Helping Our Communities ›

Like you, we are very concerned as the spreading coronavirus impacts so many people, communities, and organizations across the country. Our priority is to take actions for everyone’s safety. We are following CDC and state/local health agency guidelines and are partnering with schools with an aim of preventing the spread of the virus, while also…

March 6, 2020

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2020 ›

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us in a week-long celebration of all the contributions AmeriCorps members make in our communities. This school year, we have about 200 Playworks AmeriCorps coaches serving in our schools. Playworks coaches are caring, consistent adults, working to make playgrounds safer and to help create positive school…

January 28, 2020

Playworks Joins Forces to Expand Support for Youth Programs Across the Country ›

Together, Let’s #InvestInKids Playworks has teamed up with 12 of the nation’s leading youth programs to launch Be a Champion, #InvestInKids to raise awareness and increase support for youth programs across the country. Every day, these programs reach millions of kids across the U.S. and make a positive impact in their communities and the world…

December 5, 2019

Playworks named in Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in Oakland in 2019 ›

Playworks has been featured as one of Great Nonprofits 10 Top Volunteer Opportunities in Oakland in 2019. Thanks to our fans for your support! The list was compiled based on volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Oakland charities. Every nonprofit on this list earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org. “My…

Indoor recess
Indoor recess

December 5, 2019

Make the Most of Indoor Recess ›

By the time winter break comes, many schools have had more indoor recess than planned. Even if some students are accustomed to snow and frigid temperatures, the weather can sometimes still prevent outdoor play. Educators feel the effect of being confined to indoor recess just like their students, but they know play is important for…

December 4, 2019

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children. While past studies explored the benefits related to the amount of recess time, this is the first study to address…

Giving Tuesday. Donate to Playworks!
Giving Tuesday. Donate to Playworks!

December 2, 2019

December 3, 2019 is Giving Tuesday ›

It is Giving Tuesday, and we need your support now more than ever. Kids in our community deserve to feel supported throughout their childhood. Teachers tell us that Playworks’ language of “good job” and “nice try” create the kind of positive experience their students desperately need on the playground. You can count on seeing kids…

November 13, 2019

Nov 13, 2020 is World Kindness Day ›

In celebration of #WorldKindnessDay and #RealPlayersDontBully, we want everyone to know it’s cool to be kind! With the contagious power of positivity and kindness, you can help shift the culture of your school, community, and world.  We, at Playworks, are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school. We create a…