Playworks Durham starts the school year full-force!

  1. Updates

After flying to Baltimore for preservice training with Playworks Baltimore and Chicago teams, and tons of practice recesses, our nine program coordinators hit the ground running (and playing) at the start of school on August 25! Debuting in nine schools in our premiere year, we are able to serve over 4,500 children daily with the power of play. After only a few weeks weeks with Playworks, Durham school staff are already reporting higher levels of engagement and inclusive play during recess. They also mirror our observation that the the rate of high-fives has increased dramatically.

More Updates

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…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…