Playworks North Carolina

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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December 12, 2019

Jump on Board! ›

Are you looking to give back to the community and our youth? Why not join our Advisory Board? We are looking to have five new energetic and passionate members join our board by June 2020! Come out to our fundraising night at Pour Taproom to learn more about the benefits of being on the Playworks…

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…

December 2, 2019

Pour Taproom Nonprofit Fundraising Night with Playworks! ›

Come one, come all! Pour for a wonderful cause during this special event, Pour Taproom is donating 15% of all sales from 6-9 pm to benefit Playworks North Carolina. Visit Pour Taproom at 202 N. Corcoran St. in Durham. Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and…

November 7, 2019

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves. Kids need us to make that possible for them.  Not all kids feel like they fit in at school. Feeling safe and like you belong is…

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Recent Events


June 01, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Playworks PlayShop NC ›

Playworks is pleased to offer our PlayShop, an experiential workshop designed to empower you to transform your recess. The PlayShop will equip you with: Tangible group management and conflict resolution…

April 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

5th Annual Corporate Kickball 4 Kids Tournament ›

We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. For over 20 years, Playworks has helped schools figure out what works well on their…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51729
Durham, NC 27717

t: 919.419.6446
f: 919.237.9163

     

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