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.

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January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

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…