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Golden State Warriors and Playworks have had a long-standing relationship thru our partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the GetFit program.

Kaiser Permanente, Playworks and the Golden State Warriors have teamed up to educate Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. The program serves to reinforce healthy behavior and provide youth with the opportunities and resources that are critical to their future success.

We congratulate the three-time NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, and salute their commitment to children and helping us bring safe and healthy play in our schools.

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January 22, 2018

Steph Curry Surprises Playworks Students at Get Fit Event ›

Emeryville, CA—January 22, 2018—Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry surprised Anna Yates Elementary students on the playground for a Get Fit event today. Get Fit is a collaborative initiative with the Golden State Warriors, Playworks, and Kaiser Permanente to educate Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. During Get Fit…

ABC7 News

January 26, 2016

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry Shows Up at Oakland School to Promote Health ›

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO)—Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry showed up at an Oakland school Tuesday to help promote the importance of good health and fitness. For the students, Curry was a symbol of what it means to be active and fit. Curry paid a visit to East Oakland’s Manzanita Community School to encourage young students to keep…

San Francisco Business Times

June 16, 2015

How Steph Curry’s three-point shots scored for Bay Area nonprofits ›

Skillful three-pointers from Stephen Curry make kids in the Bay Area very happy, and not just because they help the Warriors’ winning streak. In addition to bringing the team closer to winning the NBA championship, The Golden State Warriors Foundation’s Hoops for Kids program donated $500 for every three pointer made during the regular season. That money goes to nonprofits…

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.

May 31, 2019

Impact Through the Power of Play ›

Pahara-Aspen Fellow Jill Vialet founded Playworks on the theory that, through valuable play, kids learn to make friends, solve problems, and believe in themselves, every day. At last year’s Action Forum, Jill made the audacious Action Pledge above to propel the importance play forward. In this video, Jill shares the progress Playworks has made so…

April 26, 2019

Conflict Resolution: Turn your Spring Struggles into Spring Successes ›

Springtime, with all its fanfare, is often a time of escalating conflicts. Students are antsy from a long winter of learning, and their classmates are now more like annoying siblings than playful friends. The key to making the spring season a success is to teach students how to resolve conflicts appropriately—that means using their words and…

April 23, 2019

Recess Check Up Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of play. Explore…

April 16, 2019

Twin Cities Orthopedics and Playworks Minnesota team with Turtle Lake Students for Day of Play ›

Twenty-eight Values Champions, employees who are ambassadors of TCO’s culture and exemplify the organization’s values, teamed up with Playworks to teach students the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at recess. Students learned inclusive games and team-building activities in a classroom setting, and participated in a recess period with volunteers to practice what they learned…

April 5, 2019

Playworks is Hiring AmeriCorps Coaches ›

Playworks is hiring AmeriCorps coaches to serve for the 2019-20 school year at elementary schools in cities across the country. These coaches provide essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, connect with other kids, and stretch and grow. Through service, Playworks AmeriCorps members create a place for every kid on the playground to feel…

March 29, 2019

PlayworksU Named 2019 EdTech Awards Cool Tool Finalist ›

PlayworksU has been named a finalist in the new product and service category of the 2019 EdTech Awards—the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology! EdTech’s awards feature the best and brightest by shining a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters across various educational sectors. PlayworksU, Playworks’ online…

March 15, 2019

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh…

AmeriCorps Coach with students
AmeriCorps Coach with students

March 4, 2019

Celebrating the Contributions of our AmeriCorps Coaches ›

“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 242 Playworks AmeriCorps coaches serving in our schools. Playworks coaches are caring, consistent adults, working to make playgrounds safer and to help create positive school environments…

November 28, 2018

Playworks of Greater Washington DC and Politicians Unite to Stand Up for Inclusion ›

Playworks of Greater Washington DC and Politicians Unite to Stand Up for Inclusion Nonprofit Honors Local Community Advocates to Show Real Players Don’t Bully Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 Playworks and Google celebrated the culmination of Playworks’ anti-bullying month Real Players Don’t Bully Campaign over breakfast with an in-depth panel. Seventy five corporate and civic leaders,…

November 13, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Playworks Recess a Success ›

In 2017, Playworks and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) partnered to learn more about how effective recess teams drive strong quality and recess outcomes. Close your eyes and picture the best recess you can imagine. What does that look like to you? A quality recess is one that is safe, engaging, and empowering. Play…

November 12, 2018

Meaningful Moments of Impact ›

Read some of this year’s meaningful stories of impact. Empowering Kids to be Courageous Bringing out the Kindness from Within Helping Students Uncover their Leadership Potential Pennsylvania Legislators Play to Prevent Bullying Challenges of a First Year Teacher Junior Coaches Lead by Example Breaking Down Barriers on the Playground Finding the Confidence to Try Again …

November 8, 2018

“We Play Together” Mounds View Event ›

We had so much fun seeing everyone playing Freeze Tag at the Mounds View High School stadium at our “We Play Together” Event. Thank you to Mounds View Public Schools for this fantastic partnership.  Seven hundred people came together for a giant game of Freeze Tag. We also welcomed the newest cohort of Junior Coaches…

November 2, 2018

Playworks Named 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…

October 31, 2018

Playworks DC’s Hockey Extravaganza ›

On October 29, 2018, Playworks DC teamed up with Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation to bring our annual Hockey Extravaganza to Payne Elementary School. Students had a chance to learn hockey drills from Madison Bowey and Brett Connolly of the Washington Capitals, as well as Playworks coaches.  Between the four stations of hockey skills, games, and…

October 18, 2018

Playworks Southern California Hosted Play Day with the Stars ›

Playworks Southern California hosted Play Day with the Stars at Griffin Avenue Elementary School. American actor Harold Perrineau best-known for his roles in “Lost” and “Oz” , two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis, rapper Jake Miller, American actress Logan Browning best-known for her role on the Netflix series “Dear White People,” Jake T. Austin, American actor best-known for his role on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Val…

October 17, 2018

My Road to Dreamforce ‘18 ›

    I find it takes just one person to have the courage to begin a conversation . . . they’re just waiting for someone to begin it . . .” – Margaret Wheatley With my fourth Dreamforce under my belt, I’m used to the conference routine: frantically scouring my Agenda Builder to find technical…

October 9, 2018

Legislators Play to Prevent Bullying ›

“A well rounded childhood is when a child has everything they need to learn and live in a respectful safe way,” Junior Coach Nafis explains to legislators and staffers . Junior Coach Nafis shared firsthand experience of how a safe and inclusive playground can still be fun! State and community representatives put their political differences…

October 9, 2018

Pennsylvania Legislators Play to Prevent Bullying ›

“A well-rounded childhood is when a child has everything they need to learn and live in a respectful safe way,” Junior Coach Nafis explains to legislators and staffers at the Pennsylvania Capitol today. Junior Coach Nafis shared firsthand experience of how a safe and inclusive playground can still be fun! State and community representatives put…

September 19, 2018

Five Important Life Lessons from the Playground ›

How can adults who supervise the playground—at school, in public parks, or in our back yards—best use that time to reinforce the skills kids need to thrive? In a recent blog post with our partners at United Way, Playworks New England shares life lessons from the playground, and strategies adults can use to support social…

August 22, 2018

Introducing Recess Reboot! (3.0) ›

A few years ago, Playworks received a grant that came with a big challenge: How could we help more schools use our best recess strategies on their own, without our long-term presence? Thinking about all the schools we wanted to support, we noticed a gap. We offered year-round staffing, modeling, and consultation to schools near…

August 17, 2018

Making your Day More Playful ›

“Play is a human right,” said Jill Vialet, Playworks Founder and CEO. As we prepare for students to head back to school, we’re thinking about all of the ways to make their days more playful. Your day should be playful too. Five attention-getters to make managing groups easier: Match me – have everyone do the…

August 14, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants Playworks $4,590,371 ›

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Grants Playworks $4,590,371 Over 132,250 kids in more than 350 schools will experience safe and healthy play every day as a result of this investment. This is the largest regional grant Playworks has ever received.  Detroit, MI—July 15, 2018—Playworks, the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform…

July 31, 2018

Announcing PlayworksU ›

On August 1, Playworks introduces its newest service, PlayworksU. Educators asked for bite-sized online courses to reinforce and introduce play-based strategies throughout the school day. Over a nine month period, over 1000 teachers, school staff and principals tested out 19 modules on topics ranging from Group Management to Games Facilitation. Based on their feedback and…

June 6, 2018

2018 Get in the Game Gala a Success ›

Thank You! A big thanks to everyone who came out to play with us at our 10th Annual Playworks Get in the Game Gala. It was a wonderful evening thanks to all of the amazing supporters who helped to make our fundraising efforts a success. Special thanks to this year’s host Andrew East, former Oakland Raider,…

June 6, 2018

Junior Coach Mabel Finds Her Voice as a Leader ›

Junior Coach Mabel is a 4th grader at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. Although Mabel only joined the Junior Coach team in February, she has already made a big impression as a leader in her school. In the beginning of the school year, Mabel was very shy and didn’t always feel confident…

May 2, 2018

Introducing our Principles of Play ›

About a year ago, I spent a week with a group of other nonprofit leaders at the MIT Media Lab Open Leadership Camp. We explored the idea that open technology is a framework with relevance and importance for the social sector. I’m not a big technologist, but a very simple definition of open technology is…

April 6, 2018

Playworks Celebrates National Volunteers Week ›

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in their communities and around the world. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action and discover their collective power to unite in making a difference.

Playworks Director of Service Design Susannah Staats speaks on a Service Design Network SF panel discussion about service design in the nonprofit sector.
Playworks Director of Service Design Susannah Staats speaks on a Service Design Network SF panel discussion about service design in the nonprofit sector.

March 30, 2018

Designing for Play ›

Quick: what comes to mind when I say service design? Now how about when I say nonprofit? “Service design” often brings up images of exciting, new, entrepreneurial and tech-y—probably in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, or Copenhagen.  “Nonprofit” likely brings up a different set of images. I had the wonderful experience of talking with a…

March 16, 2018

PlayworksU: Online Learning for Play ›

After a year of hard work, playful trial and error, and generous feedback from teachers and principals, we are happy to announce PlayworksU! Courses are available to preview through June 1; school subscriptions will be available starting August 1. These new online courses and videos from Playworks are designed to reinforce in-person training and help you…

March 13, 2018

A Successful Play Everywhere Tour 2018 ›

We joined forces with Target and KaBOOM! to bring four communities outside to play. Kids, parents, and community members in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Miami high-fived and smiled throughout the Play Everywhere tour this February and March. Wellness guru Massy Arias spoke about the importance of fitness and led exercises from the stage. 123 Andrés…

March 9, 2018

Playworks Celebrates AmeriCorps Week ›

Our Playworks AmeriCorps coaches make a positive impact every day at each of the schools we serve. Coaches transform schools, engage communities, and inspire youth leaders. Find stories of these amazing AmeriCorps coaches and learn more about becoming a Playworks AmeriCorps member.  

February 5, 2018

2018 Martin Luther King Day ›

Each year on Martin Luther King Junior  Day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions. In that spirit of service, Playworks regional offices across the country select volunteer activities for staff and AmeriCorps coaches that provide the opportunity for service…

January 31, 2018

Playworks Expands Impact with USA Rugby Partnership ›

Playworks is teaming up with Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Play Rugby USA, and USA Rugby Academy powered by Atavus under the new initiative, Impact Beyond! The initiative is aiming to develop an interest in youth rugby among kids and empower youth by highlighting the inclusive values of rugby. We’re excited to partner with other great, like-minded organizations on this…

January 22, 2018

Steph Curry Surprises Playworks Students at Get Fit Event ›

Emeryville, CA—January 22, 2018—Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry surprised Anna Yates Elementary students on the playground for a Get Fit event today. Get Fit is a collaborative initiative with the Golden State Warriors, Playworks, and Kaiser Permanente to educate Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. During Get Fit…

Service Year Alliance

January 12, 2018

Best-in-Class Training: Playworks Honored by Service Year Alliance ›

Playworks is thrilled to be honored by Service Year Alliance as one of 28 winners of the 2017 Best Practices Competition. Winners are recognized for the creation of outstanding resources to support the development of AmeriCorps members. Playworks’ “Life After AmeriCorps” resources earned recognition. We created this training to help AmeriCorps coaches navigate their next…

January 2, 2018

Playworks Rings First Nasdaq Bell of 2018 to Kick off 7th Annual Nasdaq Fit Week ›

New York City—Today, Playworks rung the first Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell of 2018, kicking off the New Year with a focus on healthy living. From January 2nd to January 5th, 2018 the 7th Annual Nasdaq “Fit Week” recognizes companies and organizations that help individuals lead healthier lifestyles. Playworks helps kids around the country lay…

December 21, 2017

Playing with Friends NorCal – Highlights from the Alumni Social ›

Playworks recently hosted the first of many alumni socials: Playing With Friends. Alumni attendees reconnected, played games, won raffle prizes, and ate some great food.               Keep an eye out for more Playing With Friends social events coming to a city near you. Help us grow our network by updating…

December 19, 2017

RAND Review: Playworks Stands Out Among SEL Interventions ›

A new review conducted by RAND Corporation and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation found that Playworks stands out among social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for evidence of impact. The RAND Corporation review found that the Playworks Coach service is one of only seven elementary school SEL interventions to meet the highest criteria for evidence…

December 19, 2017

Playworks is Top 10 Education Finalist in Global 100&Change Competition ›

The MacArthur Foundation challenge drew over 1,904 applicants worldwide. See how play can change the world.

December 14, 2017

Pies (and more) for Playworks, Success! ›

Playworks would like to thank ButtercuP Diner for their partnership in Pies (and more) for Playworks! High-Five for supporting our mission of bringing safe and healthy play to kids every day!

December 11, 2017

Why We Should Preserve the Johnson Amendment ›

A message from our Founder & CEO, Jill Vialet Why we should preserve the Johnson Amendment We believe that it is important to preserve the nonpartisanship of the philanthropic sector. Before the end of this calendar year, President Trump is hoping to pass a tax reform bill. Different versions of tax reform bills have passed…

December 1, 2017

My Cause, My Cleats ›

My Cause, My Cleats is an National Football League campaign in which players and team staff from around the league wear cleats designed to highlight the causes they support.  Look out for Playworks’ logo and signature blue color on cleats during football games this week!  Some players will be raising funds for the cause of…

November 17, 2017

Free resources to help school staff encourage active learning ›

Active and healthy play helps students develop self-control, build social skills, and get the “brain break” needed for academic success. A report from the Institute of Medicine found that children who are more active “show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.”…

We All Need Each Other
We All Need Each Other

October 26, 2017

We All Need Each Other ›

We live in extraordinary times. We struggle to make sense of the catastrophes, threats, and conflicts we see at a distance and up close. Sometimes, we even forget that we have a real capacity to impact what happens in our own communities. We may not be able to stop natural disasters or political strife, but…

October 5, 2017

Explore Online Learning from Playworks ›

Try out new online mini-courses from Playworks. Many of you have shared that you’d like to do more to incorporate play into learning. These mini-courses share best practices you can use right away. Please try them and let us know what you think! All of our courses are free during our testing phase. Courses are designed to get…

September 27, 2017

New Attendance Report Highlights Playworks ›

Loma Linda Elementary reduced their chronic absence rate from 12% to 4%. The first step? Making sure that students felt safe at school, both physically and emotionally. “Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence,” a new report by Attendance Works and the Every Child Graduates Center, featured 12 interventions to prevent…

August 21, 2017

Self-improvement lessons from the playground for all of us ›

As the season transitions and temperatures cool, September is the perfect time to reflect, look ahead, regroup, and focus on our self-improvement. In fact, it is #SelfImprovementMonth. How can we continue to improve? How can we work to become better people? There is no better place to look than to the lessons learned on the…

July 28, 2017

Checklist: Back to School, Back to Recess ›

As teachers are preparing lesson plans, learning new curriculum, and setting up their classrooms, it is time to start prepping our collective classroom: the playground. Recess deserves back to school planning just like any other classroom. In fact, a recent Robert Woods Johnson Foundation brief recommends that schools, “Treat recess plans like lesson plans. Like classrooms, recess needs…

May 31, 2017

Playworks Honored as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award Finalist ›

Oakland, CA—May 31, 2017—Playworks was announced as one of the 16 finalists for the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award. The Sports Award honors the innovative and collaborative efforts of individuals, organizations, and teams that are making their communities healthier through sports. Playworks was recognized as an influential leader and model for others along…

May 25, 2017

Announcing a Partnership with CLIF Kid ›

Playworks is excited to join forces with CLIF Kid to bring safe and healthy play to more kids across the country

May 24, 2017

New Study Shows Impact of Recess ›

Adult interactions play a key role in recess outcomes.

May 10, 2017

Playworks Rings NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell ›

Playworks visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on May 10, 2017. In honor of the occasion, Jill Vialet, Playworks CEO and Founder, rang the Opening Bell. Check out the latest pictures and videos of the event.

April 23, 2017

Celebrating National Volunteer Week ›

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in their communities and around the world. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action and discover their collective power to unite in making a difference. Read about Generation to…

April 20, 2017

National High Five Day: April 20, 2017 ›

High-fives are motivators, community builders, and given in celebration. This National High Five Day, we challenge you to show support to people in your local community! Ways to participate: Motivator challenge: Outline five ways you’ll help someone you know accomplish one of their goals.   Community builder challenge: Give $5 to support healthy play in…

April 20, 2017

Happier schools ›

Using play to develop students’ social skills and improve positive school culture

March 31, 2017

Simone Biles Stands Up for Safe and Healthy Playgrounds ›

Mack & Moxy will play to the hearts of millions of children with the latest episode of this award-winning and beloved children’s television series.

March 29, 2017

Playworks is a Classy Awards Finalist ›

The Classy Awards recognize social innovation

March 28, 2017

Partnering with Let’s Move! Active Schools ›

Bringing more schools safe, healthy, active play!

March 6, 2017

If We Had 100 Million Dollars… ›

Read excerpts from our application to the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition

March 3, 2017

Celebrating the Contributions of our Coaches ›

AmeriCorps Week 2017

March 1, 2017

School Grants from Action for Healthy Kids ›

Building healthier kids with support from our friends at Action for Healthy Kids

February 27, 2017

New Research Brief: Improve Recess for Better Student Outcomes ›

When elementary schools create a safe and healthy recess for students, there can be a major impact on individual kids and school climate overall.

February 22, 2017

Measuring the Benefits of Recess: Playworks’ Great Recess Framework ›

How do we define and assess play among elementary school students? The answer: we don't . . . until now. Although researchers, educators, and parents agree that play is important, there is currently no valid assessment tool to measure play within a school setting. To address this gap, Playworks is creating the Great Recess Framework,…

February 12, 2017

New Research Brief: Improve Recess for Better Student Outcomes ›

When elementary schools create a safe and healthy recess for students, there can be a major impact on individual kids and school climate overall. In schools with safe and healthy recess students are more active, more cooperative, and more likely to use strong conflict resolution tools. Schools also see more drops in bullying and disciplinary…

January 25, 2017

Service Unites Playworks Nation on MLK Day 2017 ›

Playworkers across the nation honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving beyond the playground

January 17, 2017

New Strategies for Recess in Schools Released ›

SHAPE America and the CDC provide in-depth resource guide for schools

January 12, 2017

An Open Letter to America’s Kids ›

Dear Kids of the United States, It’s been quite a year for us grown-ups in the United States, and it occurs to me that you may be wondering what’s going on. Maybe you’ve noticed many adults in your life having a lot of serious conversations.  The basic story is we haven’t been doing a great…

December 15, 2016

Rock Star Recess Concert at Haley Pilot School ›

Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, MA, won a #Rock Star Recess at their school. The kids enjoyed a recess filled with new recess games, jugglers, magicians, and more! The competition, presented by Target, culminated in a concert by the band Forever in Your Mind and an opportunity for the kids to engage with coaches and…

November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 is Gratitude Day ›

Every year on the third Wednesday of November, Playworks celebrates #GratitudeDay.  This day is an opportunity for us to take a break to share our thanks with as many people as we can.  Practicing gratitude for the people in our lives—from our grandparents to our postal workers—keeps us grounded in what matters most. Join us today…

October 31, 2016

Playworks Honored with Top Nonprofit Award for Fifth Year › Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

October 25, 2016

Unleashing Play in Ireland ›

A tightly wound spring, a ball atop a hill, a newly planted seed, or a young child in a swing asking “Higher! Higher!”: our intentions to bring out the best in children hold a similar momentum. We make the nudge without knowing how high the spring will bounce, how far the ball will roll, how strong…

October 10, 2016

Democracy Begins on the Playground ›

Twelve games to develop engaged citizens of the future.

October 6, 2016

Applying for 100&Change ›

This past June, the MacArthur Foundation announced a new funding opportunity called 100&Change: a $100 million prize ‘in pursuit of one good idea.’ As it did for many, the prize captured my imagination, particularly because of Playworks’ current ambitions. As many of you know, Playworks recently announced our AIM of ensuring safe and healthy play…

September 27, 2016

Playworks Coach Tanika Lynch Receives Eli Segal Leadership Award ›

Baltimore, MD—September 27, 2016—Last week, AmeriCorps Alums announced former Playworks Coach Tanika Lynch as one of two recipients of the prestigious 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Eli Segal Leadership Award. The highly competitive fellowship for AmeriCorps alumni provides emerging leaders with the opportunity to join a community of other like-minded changemakers. These leaders collaborate across sectors and…

September 15, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Jill Vialet Shares Lessons Learned on Scaling Impact ›

The road to scaling social impact isn’t always linear or free of bumps. Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet speaks to the unforeseen challenges and key lessons learned when scaling Playworks in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s blog. Empowered by a series of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation throughout 2005-2015, Jill and the Playworks…

September 13, 2016

Announcing: Playworks AIM ›

BACKED BY $26 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING COMMITMENTS, NEW PLAYWORKS VISION AIMS TO ENSURE SAFE AND HEALTHY PLAY EVERY DAY FOR 3.5 MILLION KIDS IN 7,000 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE Educators and Families Can Stand Up For Safe And Healthy Play By Visiting Oakland, CA—September 13, 2016— Playworks (, a leading nonprofit that brings safe and healthy…

September 13, 2016

Announcing: Playworks AIM ›

New Playworks vision aims to ensure safe and healthy play every day for 3.5 million kids in 7,000 elementary schools nationwide

September 12, 2016

It’s Time To Rock Your Recess ›

Disney's Forever in Your Mind and tennis star Sloane Stephens help kick off Playworks' Rock Star Recess Concert Event

September 1, 2016

Playworks joins Let’s Move! Active Schools National Collaborative ›

Washington, DC—September 1, 2016—Today, Let’s Move! Active Schools—part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative—announced that Playworks is one of nine new partners joining this national collaborative, which is dedicated to ensuring that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools across the country. “The Let’s Move! Active Schools…

September 1, 2016

It’s officially Jill Vialet Day in Oakland, CA! ›

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf names Sept. 1, 2016 Jill Vialet Day

September 1, 2016

Playworks joins Let’s Move! Active Schools ›

Part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, the national collaborative encourages physical activity in schools

August 31, 2016

September 1, 2016 Named Jill Vialet Day in the City of Oakland ›

Oakland, CA—September 1, 2016—Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf named September 1, 2016 Jill Vialet Day in honor of Playworks’ founder and in celebration of Playworks’ 20th anniversary. David Silver, Director of Education for the city of Oakland, recognized Vialet at Playworks’ national board meeting and shared the following statement from Mayor Libby Schaaf: Playworks is a national nonprofit…

August 8, 2016

Nine Ways You Can Support Playworks ›

Get involved and support play.

The Charlotte Weekly

June 17, 2016

Keep Kids Active this Summer ›

Schools out! Kids cheer! Parents groan. Playworks, a nonprofit devoted to improving children’s health and well-being through activity, wants to help ensure kids stay active this summer. Throughout the school year, Playworks uses recess in low-income elementary schools to encourage “meaningful play” through activity and a four-component program that focuses on social and emotional skills.…

June 17, 2016

California Educator Cover Story: Reclaiming Recess ›

Play during schooltime improved students' behavior and academic performance

June 13, 2016

Playworks Named a Finalist for the 6th Annual Classy Awards ›

Boston, MA—June 14, 2016—Classy, the world’s first social impact platform with the goal of helping organizations solve social problems more effectively and efficiently, today announced Playworks as a finalist for the 6th Annual Classy Awards. The Collaborative + Classy Awards bring together top social innovators from around the world for a unique three-day experience of…

May 9, 2016

Playworks Announces Local AmeriCorps Member as National 2016 Rookie of the Year Award Winner ›

Carson, CA—May 10, 2016—Playworks announced today that DeMar George, Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of Playworks Southern California at Kennedy Elementary School in Santa Ana, CA, has been selected as the recipient for the 2016 Rookie of the Year Award for exemplifying service and the power of play. The annual award recognizes a Playworks AmeriCorps Member who…

April 14, 2016

New Balance SparkStart Fitness Challenge with Playworks and MLB Athletes ›

NY SpartStart Launch 4-12-16 from Coleture Group on Vimeo. New Balance Partners with  MLB Athletes and Playworks to Launch Six-Week SparkStart Fitness Challenge Featuring NB Baseball athletes and facilitated in conjunction with Playworks, a non-profit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health, over a thousand students across the nation will participate in the 2016 New…

March 8, 2016

Playworks Announces Kaiser Permanente’s Bernard J. Tyson as 2016 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner ›

  Bernard J. Tyson accepts Playworks’ 2016 Inspirational Leadership Award from Playworks Junior Coaches at the 2016 Playworks Get in the Game Soirée. Oakland, CA—March 9, 2016—Playworks announced today that Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, has been selected as the recipient for the 2016 Inspiring Leadership Award for exemplifying the qualities that…

February 11, 2016

Super Bowl Shout-out from the First Lady ›

Playworks received an extra-special Super Bowl shout-out from First Lady Michelle Obama during the opening of Super Bowl City. In her video message, FLOTUS, whose Let's Move! initiative is dedicated to raising a healthy generation of kids, encouraged fans to get 60 minutes of active play every day and invited #‎SuperBowl‬ fans to play a game of…

February 9, 2016

Want kids to learn? Give them a break. ›

As schools search for more time for academic learning, recess is the wrong place to look.

January 8, 2016

Playworks Turns Twenty ›

This year Playworks celebrates 20 years of healthy, safe, and inclusive play.

December 18, 2015

Playworks Welcomes New National Board Members ›

Oakland, CA—December 18, 2015— Playworks, the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to bring out the best in every kid, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the national Board of Directors. At the organization’s quarterly meeting, the chair of the Board of Directors Joy Weiss welcomed the newest directors,…

November 17, 2015

Playworks Honored as Top-Rated Nonprofit › Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

November 4, 2015

Celebrating our Back to School, Back to Recess Winners ›

Two years ago, Tandi Prillerman started an elementary school with a big vision: the school would create a safe and loving environment celebrating each scholar’s unique identities. Scholars would embrace their talents and walk with the confidence necessary to succeed in college and make a positive impact in the world. They would do this in the…

September 24, 2015

Parents, Here Are the Answers to Your Questions ›

We are sharing our most frequently asked questions from parents and guardians of kids at Playworks partner schools.

August 28, 2015

Back to School, Back to Recess ›

Research suggests that playground social skills predict future success.

August 27, 2015

Playworks and Schools Team Up to Impact Four Times as Many Children ›

TeamUp, the latest program from Playworks, has enabled us to quadruple the number of schools we can empower.

June 23, 2015

Corporate Recess: Why Play Isn’t Just for Kids ›

Playworks implements corporate play days at regional offices.

May 11, 2015

Announcing 2015 Playworks Award Winners ›

Playworks Reveals Salesforce as the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner and other award recipients.

May 10, 2015

Playworks Announces Salesforce as the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner ›

San Francisco, CA—May 12, 2015—Playworks announced today that Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM company, has been selected as the recipient for the 2015 Inspiring Leadership Award for exemplifying the qualities that Playworks develops in young people across the country. The annual award recognizes a corporation that energizes the workplace, brings a…

May 4, 2015

The Herculean Efforts of Teachers on Behalf of Society ›

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week and we’d like to recognize all teachers do for our kids.

April 27, 2015

Olympian Stands Behind Laureus’ Ongoing Commitment to Playworks ›

Four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin announces Laureus USA’s $1.5M in continued support of play.

April 16, 2015

Playworks’ Official Best High Five of 2015 ›

Celebrating National High Five Day, Playworks gathered high fives from across the country in the quest for the best high five of 2015.

March 8, 2015

Happy AmeriCorps Week ›

We're celebrating the more than 80,000 members engaged in national service.

January 29, 2015

Data Suggests Recess Has Strong Implications for School Climate ›

New research demonstrates that a high-functioning recess can contribute to a positive school climate in low-income elementary schools.

January 17, 2015

On Play and Love ›

Play and Dr. King both teach us that in attempting to change things for the better, the best place to start is by practicing kindness and empathy with ourselves

January 16, 2015

Playworks Arizona Helps Set a Guinness World Record ›

Yesterday in Arizona, a Guinness world record was set. With the support of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and UnitedHealthcare, exactly 1,136 fourth and fifth grade students and volunteers gathered at ASU Preparatory Academy to play a giant game of red-light, green-light. Last summer, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Foundation, in…

January 15, 2015

Setting a World Record ›

The Playworks Arizona team set the new world record for the biggest game of Red Light, Green Light.

December 18, 2014

Five Big Wins for Play in 2014 ›

This year has been an unprecedented one for Playworks and there is much to be proud of. From exceeding our goal of serving 450,000 kids nationwide to expanding our operations into the Georgia region, there have been many big wins for play, but here are our top five. This year we significantly increased our partnership…

December 17, 2014

Eight Ways You Can Support Playworks ›

Help Playworks make an impact in 450,000 kids' lives across the country.

November 19, 2014

Thank You from Playworks ›

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 is Playworks National Gratitude Day

October 28, 2014

Massachusetts Elementary School Wins $1,000 of Recess Equipment ›

Principal Genteen Lacet Jean-Michel came to Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan, MA two years ago with a mission to turn around school performance. But when the students and teachers walked into school those first days, it became evident that first she would have to address student behavior. “Ninety-nine percent of the teachers talked about how bad the…

October 22, 2014

Re-Thinking Bullying Behavior ›

Address the root of bullying by creating a kind, inclusive environment in schools

September 26, 2014

Playworks Partners with U.S. Department of State and espnW on Global Sports Mentoring Program ›

Former Egyptian Women’s National Team Basketball star turned engineer turned social entrepreneur comes to Oakland to innovate with Playworks mentor A former Egyptian women’s basketball star and telecommunications engineer who left both worlds to start a school for underprivileged Egyptian children is spending three weeks at Playworks’ national office in Oakland as part of the…

September 26, 2014

“Play” and Its Importance to Child Development ›

It’s no secret that the benefits of physical activity in children are abundant, and they go well beyond just increasing physical fitness and preventing obesity. Numerous studies demonstrate that participation in sports and other play creates long-term emotional and psychological advantages, helping put kids on a path to success off the playing field. However, the…

September 25, 2014

Playworks Partners with U.S. Department of State and espnW on Global Sports Mentoring Program ›

Former Egyptian Women’s National Team Basketball star turned engineer turned social entrepreneur comes to Oakland to innovate with Playworks mentor   Oakland, CA—September 26, 2014— A former Egyptian women’s basketball star and telecommunications engineer who left both worlds to start a school for underprivileged Egyptian children is spending three weeks at Playworks’ national office in…

September 25, 2014

US Olympic Snowboarding & Freeskiing Coach Mike Jankowski Announces Laureus Foundation Support of Playworks ›

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA welcomed US Olympic Coach Mike Jankowski to its growing group of Ambassadors on Thursday, September 25th, at an event in Portland, Oregon. As his first act as a Laureus Ambassador, Jankowski announced the organization will be funding Playworks, national nonprofit that improves children’s learning and physical health by facilitating safe, active,…

August 20, 2014

Back-to-School Signals Time to Think about Recess ›

National organization says safe and healthy recess critical to improving school climate; offers tips to help parents assess recess at their child’s school Oakland, CA, August 20, 2014 – With the new school year upon us, a national non-profit is urging families to add an important task to their already-full plate: reviewing the state of…

August 19, 2014

Back-to-School Signals Time to Think about Recess ›

National organization says safe and healthy recess critical to improving school climate; offers tips to help parents assess recess at their child’s school Oakland, CA, August 20, 2014 – With the new school year upon us, a national non-profit is urging families to add an important task to their already-full plate: reviewing the state of…

July 28, 2014

Playworks Comes to Georgia! ›

Playworks is extremely pleased to announce the opening of its newest region, Playworks Georgia. With senior staff hired and more folks on the way, the office has a home in Midtown Atlanta and is ready to serve Georgia schools beginning with the new school year. Ellen McCarty, the new executive director, has been on board since…

July 24, 2014

To Get More Exercise, Let Children Play Outside ›

Study shows children who spend more time outdoors after school, get more moderate to vigorous physical activity

June 16, 2014

Recess Rules by Jill Vialet ›

A novel book for kids ages 8-13 is on sale now.

June 10, 2014

Olympic Gold-Medal Swimmer Missy Franklin Wows Playworks Kids at Bay Area School ›

More than 150 students at Bayview Elementary School  in San Pablo had the time of their lives on Tuesday, June 4th, as four-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Missy Franklin paid a visit to the school’s  Playworks recess. Joining Playworks and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, Missy came to inspire the kids and encourage the healthy, inclusive and…

May 6, 2014

Thank You, Teachers! ›

Teachers deserve unlimited high fives for bringing out the best in kids both in the classroom and on the playground.

April 22, 2014

Parents agree, “Our kids need more nature!” ›

A Nature Conservancy survey finds that parents think children need more time outside.

March 28, 2014

AmeriCorps Member and Students Build Confidence ›

Guest Blogger Jennifer Holmes-Ledet learned how to play and coach basketball along side her 4th and 5th grade girls basketball team.

March 24, 2014

AmeriCorps Members are Heroes ›

Guest blogger Kortney Thurman told her students about AmeriCorps, her students told her she’s a hero.

March 12, 2014

Annual Report Available Online ›

More kids than ever had a place to belong, have fun and be part of the game at Playworks last year. Through our on-site programs and through training, more than 350,000 kids were able to find their super powers on the playground. The 2013 Playworks Annual Report is now available online. Our 2013 annual report gives a very short overview…

February 27, 2014

Nominate a Young Peacemaker ›

Student peacemakers to be honored with fellowship for education and professional development through Peace First


February 21, 2014

Teaching kindness and resolving conflict through recess ›

WASHINGTON – Sometimes we all need to burn off a little steam. For kids, that can mean running around at recess. But a national non-profit organization working in a number of D.C. schools is trying to change how recess works and what it means for academics too. “Hocus pocus!” yells out a coach. “Everybody focus!” the…

February 6, 2014

Recess and Physical Activity on PBS NewsHour ›

PBS NewsHour featured the Playworks program in Indianapolis, Indiana

December 11, 2013

Spread Joy, Support Playworks ›

When kids experience play that is safe and inclusive, the joy of being a child shines through. It makes perfect sense. Kids can’t wait to jump into recess when they feel there’s a place for them on the playground. A place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. Playworks creates that place for…

December 5, 2013

Parent Involvement Improves Schools ›

Parents for Public Schools’ Anne Foster shares how parents can make an impact in schools.

December 2, 2013

Ten Ways You Can Support Playworks ›

Support every child’s opportunity to shine on the playground

November 19, 2013

Happy Gratitude Day ›

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 is Playworks National Gratitude Day

October 29, 2013

Playworks adds nonprofit veterans to senior management team ›

Oakland, CA—October 29, 2013— Nonprofit veteran executives David Carroll and Marie Longo have joined the staff of Playworks as chief financial and chief development officers for the national nonprofit. CFO David Carroll joins Playworks after financial leadership roles at the California Association of Food Banks and Community Foundation Sonoma County. He spent nearly a decade…

October 2, 2013

October is Bullying Prevention Month ›

Four facts about bullying and five ways to participate in National Bullying Prevention Month.

September 26, 2013

Playworks on PBS for American Graduate Day ›

Saturday, September 28 is American Graduate Day. Watch live at 4:00 EST.

September 4, 2013

Even Excused Absences Can Hurt Student Learning ›

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Five tactics to improve school wide attendance and therefore student learning.

July 7, 2013

We’re in the Superpower Business ›

How Recess Can Unlock a Child’s Strengths

June 19, 2013

Parents Persuade School District to Create Recess Policy ›

A Connecticut school district has begun creating a new recess policy that will require 20 minutes of daily recess after parents made several complaints about access to recess.

May 29, 2013

Schools Should Provide Students with 30+ Minutes of Physical Activity Each Day ›

An Institute of Medicine report recommends schools provide children with more than 50 percent of the needed 60 minutes of daily physical activity

May 22, 2013

Playworks AmeriCorps Member Meets the President ›

Guest blogger Coach Amy DeLair was one of 12 AmeriCorps members nationwide selected to meet President Barack Obama in the White House.

May 15, 2013

To Improve School Climate and Student Learning, Examine Recess ›

Find five great tips to improve school recess from Jill Vialet on

May 13, 2013

A Great Recess = a Better School Day, New Research Shows ›

Randomized control study finds students at Playworks schools experience less bullying, feel safer, return to classroom quicker, and are more physically active

May 6, 2013

Score big in the Get in the Game auction! ›

Playworks and online auction site Charitybuzz have partnered to create Playworks’ fantabulous inaugural Get in the Game fundraising auction. Generous Playworks supporters including ESPN, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Capitals, the Carolina Hurricanes and others have donated amazing items and experiences that YOU can win—and which aren’t otherwise available for sale anywhere, at any price. Proceeds support Playworks programming including our…


April 30, 2013

Playing nice: How nonprofit’s approach curbs bullying ›

GRESHAM, Ore. – Recess is different at Highland Elementary School in Gresham. You won’t necessarily spot it with one trip to the playground, but the students are more cooperative with each other. “It really is amazing,” said Highland teacher Amy Hudson. “The school climate, whether it’s on the playground, or in the hallway, or in…

April 17, 2013

National High Five Day 2013 ›

The only thing that truly makes us safer is each other. Celebrating National High Five Day.

March 11, 2013

Michelle Obama Wants Active Schools! ›

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign encourages schools to provide students with 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

February 14, 2013

Celebrating Love for Each Other ›

It always feels a little risky to talk about love in the public domain. I mean, we’re already advocating for recess, how far are we going to take things? But inevitably, if I’m talking with people about what we do and why it matters, love seems to pop up. I can dodge and weave, referring…

February 1, 2013

Jill Vialet honored with prestigious Irvine Award ›

Playworks founder and CEO Jill Vialet has been named a 2013 recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Jill is among a small group of Californians honored by the foundation for their contributions to advancing proven, innovative solutions to some of California’s most difficult problems. The awards aim to uncover and spotlight these breakthrough solutions so…

January 2, 2013

Recess is Doctor Recommended ›

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement on the critical role of recess in schools.

December 14, 2012

In the wake of tragedy… ›

Parents, children react to this heinous tragedy

December 11, 2012

Most Inspiring Youth Athletes of 2012 ›

Five inspiring stories that may make you weep a little; These kids have won our hearts!

December 5, 2012

5 Things We Learned from Gratitude Day ›

The first annual Playworks Gratitude Day was a success!

November 19, 2012

Kick-Off the Holidays with Giving Tuesday ›

First Annual #GivingTuesday has been declared to kick off the season of giving.

November 13, 2012

Today is Playworks Gratitude Day ›

Jill Vialet shares: Playworks staff come together November 14th to celebrate first annual Gratitude Day

November 9, 2012

School Climate Important in Student Success ›

Journal of Education Psychology finds important link between bullying and dropout rate

November 2, 2012

Gaining the Tools and Confidence to Make a Difference ›

Play On 2012 brings together over 100 youth workers to learn how to harness the power of play

October 17, 2012

Recess is a Necessary Solution for Social Change, New York Times ›

Fixes writer, David Bornstein, shares how Playworks fits into his lessons learned about modern social change efforts.

October 10, 2012

Unity Day to Promote Kindness, Prevent Bullying ›

Playworks student, staff and friends wore orange for Unity Day, promoting bullying prevention

Charleston Daily Mail

August 2, 2012

Program Urges Children to be More Active ›

Program urges children to be more active In an age where children spend an increasing amount of time in front of television, computers and cellphone screens, state education officials are making another push to get kids up from their desks and moving throughout the school day. The state Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools…

May 31, 2012

Adults Love Kickball and Play to Benefit Kids ›

Corporate Kickball tournaments all across the country benefit students at Playworks schools.

May 30, 2012

Kids with Physically Active Friends are More Active Themselves ›

Being active is contagious, study says.

The Durham News

May 28, 2012

Putting the Play Back in Recess ›

DURHAM – Standing at the corner of a bustling blacktop, keeping watch over a few dozen first-graders playing four square and jumping rope, Parkwood Elementary School Principal Michael Somers tells of a starkly different recess environment just a year ago. Then, there were no triumphant shouts of “Goal!” from the soccer field behind him. There…

May 18, 2012

Playworks founder named to ’40 FOR 40′ list from Women’s Sports Foundation ›

Jill Vialet joins Mia Hamm, Venus Williams, Robin Roberts, Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres as one of the WSF women who have impacted society.

May 17, 2012

Playworks founder named to 40 For 40 List ›

Jill Vialet has been recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation’s (WSF) 40 FOR 40 list of women who have made a significant impact on society after playing sports in high school or college during the forty years of the Title IX era. Vialet joins such notable women as track great Jackie Joyner-Kersee, legendary women’s college basketball coach…

The Clarion-Ledger

May 16, 2012

Miss. kids turning tide on obesity, report shows ›

It could be hopscotch or kickball or a rousing game of Ring-Around-The-Rosie, but whatever it is, the waistlines of Mississippi schoolchildren are slimming down. A new report released by the Center of Mississippi Health Policy suggests the state’s uphill battle against obesity is making headway among elementary students. The report shows a dramatic drop in…

May 13, 2012

Student calls for longer recess: “We act now or never!” ›

Young advocate in the making gives three great reasons to lengthen school recess in persuasive essay.

May 11, 2012

Expanding play at recess in Houston public schools ›

Playworks rolls out recess to three additional Houston area school districts

April 30, 2012

Smoother Transitions and More Time for Learning at Playworks Schools, Study Says ›

Teachers reclaim instructional time in schools that partner with Playworks

April 23, 2012

School Recess: Playworks Provides a Playground with More Engaged, Safer Students, Research Says ›

Addressing students’ social-emotional learning through play.


April 19, 2012

Recess programs in local schools reducing bullying ›

KUSA – Strengthening recess transforms the school climate, paving the way for less bullying and more focus on learning, according to a new study. The research examined a program that operates in schools across the country. The study showed a positive impact on the overall social and learning environment for students. This included a reduction…

April 18, 2012

Join Us in Passing Out High Fives All Day (and year) Long! ›

Thursday, April 19th is National High Five Day

April 16, 2012

Study shows a trained, playful adult on the playground = Less Bullying ›

Promoting positive behavior at school reduces bullying, Mathematica says

April 16, 2012

Research Reveals Playworks Reduces Bullying ›

In one of the most rigorous scientific trials to find an effect on bullying, researchers from Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University have found that a Playworks recess can transform school climate, paving the way for less bullying and more focus on learning. The study, one of the first that evaluates a recess- and play-based program, found that investing…

Oregon Jewish Life Magazine

April 1, 2012

All work and no play makes students unruly, unhealthy and uncooperative ›

Some of my worst memories are standing on the elementary school playground hoping to be picked for games. I used to dread recess and would ask the teacher if I could erase the board or organize the blocks instead—I was not a super cool kid. As an adult reading about the importance of those developmental…

March 5, 2012

Playworks Featured in a Book ›

Playworks is featured in a new book called The Non Nonprofit, which shares how business principles can (and should) be applied to nonprofits. The books is by Steve Rothschild, who left corporate America to found Twin Cities RISE!, a highly successful poverty reduction program. Go to Steve Rothschild's website

February 21, 2012

2012 Conference on the Value of Play ›

Co-Chair Fran Mainella wants you to join the US Play Coalition

February 8, 2012

Now Playing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ›

We've launched our twenty-third city this year!

January 30, 2012

Most Playful CEO 2012 ›

Does your CEO energize the workplace, and bring a playful and innovative style to encourage collaboration and teamwork?

January 26, 2012

New Balance Foundation signs on as national partner ›

Boston, MA— New Balance Foundation announces a national partnership with Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that supports learning and a positive school climate by providing healthy, inclusive play and physical activity, to expand the power of play to more than 130,000 students in 23 cities across the country. New Balance Foundation’s $1.2 million investment over…

January 9, 2012

Playworks and Pilots Team Up for Kids ›

Portland, OR— The University of Portland women’s basketball team plans to team up with two local Playworks elementary schools in the “Playworks and Pilots Exhibition.” Over the next few weeks, the Pilots players plan to continue their efforts to reach out to the community and visit Beach Elementary and Bridger School in Portland. These school exhibitions…

January 6, 2012

The First Lady Got It Right ›

The First Lady's announced a focus on the power of play for promoting children's health and well-being.

December 6, 2011

Better Physical and Emotional Health Equals Better Learning ›

A thoughtful Q&A with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Jane Lowe

November 30, 2011

Jill Vialet Named to Forbes “Impact 30” List ›

Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet has been named one of the 30 most influential social entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine. For the first time in its 94-year history, Forbes assembled the Impact 30: a list of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The magazine defines “social entrepreneur” as a person who uses business practices to solve social issues. The…

November 18, 2011

Mattel and Playworks Make Play Essential for Everyone! ›

Play is an important building block in every child’s development. It promotes learning, teamwork, increases imagination, expands social skills and more. Join us Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10am PT for a discussion about the importance of play featuring insights from Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder of Playworks, and Dr. Michael Shore, Mattel’s “Dr. Play." Click here…

November 9, 2011

Is a child’s health predetermined by that child’s zip code? ›

HealthyCal on Healthy Kids

October 27, 2011

Playworks helps kids make the most of recess ›

Elementary school teacher Vanessa Cavelli used to dread recess and the drama that could break out on the playground. “You wonder how many fights you’ll have to break up that day,” Cavelli said. She gestured to the large all-blacktop playground where scores of grade school children played games like four square and kickball. “If you…

October 25, 2011

Should middle school students have recess? ›

Guest blogger, Jennie Day-Burget, is chairwoman of the board for Playworks Portland.

October 24, 2011

New Balance Steps up as Partner in Play ›

The New Balance Foundation has signed a national partnership agreement with Playworks, supporting our work nationwide and helping us expand the power of play. New Balance has worked as a local partner with Playworks in the Boston area with school, volunteer and employee engagement activities over the past year. As national partners, they will support our mission…

October 24, 2011

Playworks Training Reaches New Heights ›

Playworks Pro is off to a running start, with trainings on tap throughout the entire country. In Seattle, Treeswing, a local nonprofit focused on helping children develop lifelong healthy habits, is bringing Playworks Recess 360 to four elementary schools. The year-long training and technical assistance program provides intensive training as well as customized on-site follow-up for…

October 24, 2011

Mattel Signs on as Debut National Partner ›

Playworks is kicking off the school year with our first-ever national partnership. Mattel has signed on to help us to expand our commitment that every child has a chance to play every day. Mattel has already been working closely together in Los Angeles, where the company supports several LA schools and will engage their employees in volunteerism…

October 10, 2011

Playworks Kicks Off Milestone Year in Big Way ›

It’s been 15 years since Playworks first stepped onto the playground in two Berkeley schools and began to change recess. Since then, what started as a good idea has developed into a major movement. This year, Playworks will celebrate our 15 year anniversary by serving more than 120,000 students in more than 300 schools in 22…

The Durham News

October 9, 2011

Playworks: New rules for recess ›

Children clamor out of their classrooms and into the recess yard. Rather than scramble to gain possession of footballs, basketballs, Hula Hoops and other equipment, the children quickly form six lines. The man in the bright yellow shirt leads them in a cheer to review the rules: Respect the game. Play hard. Have fun. And…

August 26, 2011

New Research Shows Decline in Emotional Health ›

Study also finds greater resiliency at schools that offer an extra boost of safe and healthy play

August 23, 2011

Schools Need Play Too! ›

Kids' learning suffers without recess, experts say

August 19, 2011

Playworks Nation Joins to Learn ›

In our biggest internal training to date, 135 Playworks staff gathered in Oakland, California. Staff from 22 cities joined in workshops on AmeriCorps and Coaching to Curriculum Building and Social Media. There were great lessons were in these trainings, but also powerful was the inspiration from all the people. We learned games and cheers, shared new ideas and…

August 18, 2011

Elizabeth Cushing Named Playworks President ›

Oakland, CA— Elizabeth Cushing has been named president and chief operating officer of Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that brings play and physical activity to schools and youth organizations around the country. Cushing previously served as chief strategy officer of the organization.  In her new position, she will oversee all development, program, training and evaluation initiatives…

June 22, 2011

Big Play in the Big Apple ›

Jill Vialet

April 28, 2011

From Phoenix, AZ… ›

Stories and quotes from a week of recess play

April 8, 2011

The Miracle in Milwaukee ›

A week of recess changes schools, minds.

April 6, 2011

New Balance CEO Named Most Playful in Nationwide Search ›

Rob DeMartini models playfulness on and off the job

March 22, 2011

No More Bullying ›

It takes a community

Contra Costa Times

March 6, 2011

Healthier neighborhood programs drawing millions from foundations ›

Students’ faces brighten when Shantrell Sneed — “Coach Trell” to the kids — walks into a classroom at San Pablo’s Riverside Elementary School. She organizes play during recess, promoting physical activity, conflict resolution, friendship and improved academic performance. These ultimately are elements of longer and healthier lives. One of her games involves a spirited version…

February 24, 2011

AmeriCorps at Risk ›

You can help save this valuable community service

February 1, 2011

No Name-Calling Week ›

The power of a great role model on the playground

January 25, 2011

Energy Crisis? Maybe… ›

The limitations of fighting an obesity crisis

ABC Good Morning America

January 12, 2011

Good Morning America Features Playworks and Recess ›

Play and recess are essential to healthy childhood development. But many schools are cutting back on this important time of the school day. Did you see the story on Good Morning America? Playworks is helping schools make the most of play time. The story was followed by an ABC News Now Moms Get Real discussion led…

December 16, 2010

Staying Balanced ›

Learning occurs in both play and academics

October 8, 2010

Cities of Service ›

Larger than the sum of its parts....

September 29, 2010

Corporate Recess Stems Energy ›

Ashoka (founders of social entrepreneurship) plays at work

September 23, 2010

Play On 2010 Scholarship Winners ›

Four are awarded registration to October Conference

September 9, 2010

Play On Scholarships! ›

HopeLab Helps Advocates Play On!

July 30, 2010

Walking the Walk ›

Jill Vialet

June 3, 2010

The Perils of Nostalgia ›

Jill Vialet

May 27, 2010

Playtime is Over? NO WAY!! ›

Jill Vialet

April 27, 2010

Portland Trail Blazers President Named Country’s Most Playful CEO ›

Larry Miller to be honored after nationwide search

March 16, 2010

Structured or Unstructured Play? I’ll take Neither! ›

Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder, Playworks

March 5, 2010

Play Deserts: What Would YOU Measure? ›

Jill Vialet, President and Founder, Playworks

February 25, 2010

The Value of Play in the Workplace ›

What do play and work have in common? As you might imagine, that’s something we think about at Playworks. In the workplace, play can be a tool that smart leaders use to bring out the best in people. Playing together builds trust. It’s an opportunity to see our co-workers in a different setting, a more…

February 11, 2010

Playworks Dispatch from the White House ›

“This is not about inches or pounds, and it’s not about how our children look.  This is about how our children feel.”  ~ First Lady Michelle Obama announcing Let’s Move, the new initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation After numerous flight delays and in the largest snowstorm in Washington, D.C. history, I was lucky enough…

February 4, 2010

First-of-its-kind Gallup Poll Links Recess to Academic Achievement ›

Principals say recess has a positive impact on learning; students are more focused, listen better after recess

January 22, 2010

Play, Progress and the Unreasonable Man ›

Recently I was asked to speak at the TEDx Conference in San Francisco on the role of play and creativity. The theme of my talk was based on a quote by George Bernard Shaw: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. All progress…


November 19, 2009

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet at TEDx San Francisco ›

Ashoka Fellow Jill Vialet, founder of Playworks, gave a wonderful talk recently at TEDxSF about creativity, play and Everyone a Changemaker™. Watch it below:

July 13, 2009

Sports4Kids Changes Its Name to Playworks ›

Award-winning program also unveils to help schools, others make recess count

December 10, 2008

Americans Want Schools to Take Recess Seriously ›


September 17, 2008

Tag, You’re Healthy! ›