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 we can most certainly do something for the children.

Together, we can make sure all children know what it feels like to be part of a healthy, caring community—at school, every day.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TODAY!

You know a healthy community when you see it. It’s a place where children absorb the lessons that matter most: that we can achieve more together; that kindness makes hard times less scary; that everyone belongs. Those lessons help classroom lessons stick, because feeling safe and feeling needed make it easier to learn.

That’s the kind of community Playworks creates in elementary schools, starting with recess.

For 21 years, Playworks has used traditional recess games, simple conflict resolution tools, and the joy of physical activity to make the most of kids’ limited recess time at school. On our playgrounds, kids invite each other to join in. They resolve their own conflicts by playing rock, paper, scissors. When we play, everyone is welcome.

We need each other to play. Even in a game of tag or foursquare, kids need each other to keep the game going; fighting just gets in the way.

Play brings people together to learn how to give and receive help. It teaches kids and adults the importance of listening to each other and being heard.

That’s why we need your support. Together, we’ll ensure one million kids in 2,000 schools experience safe and healthy play this year, are included in the school community, and that recess can lead the way to positively impact our community.

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More Updates


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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…

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…