Playworks North Carolina Grows to 20 Schools!

  1. Updates

As we begin for our fourth school year, we are excited to continue our strong partnership in Durham and Wake Counties, serving a combined total of 20 schools and approximately 10,700 children!

We are also excited to announce we will now be serving Charlotte schools through Playworks Training. Playworks will provide expert professional development to adult educators at 26 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Elementary Schools to create a more active, inclusive and positive school environment for more than 18,600 children.

Our coaches are teaching students conflict-resolution skills, teamwork and empathy – on the playground, in the classroom and at sports leagues.

“Playworks has afforded Glenn Elementary great structure at a time where kids are at their greatest vulnerability.  Playworks does not just teach kids about games, it teaches them how to resolve conflict, and how to play with the right attitude.  Our success comes with our amazing Playworks Coach.  Any program is only as good as the person that leads it and this is certainly the case with our Playworks Coach.”- Mr. Redfearn, Glenn Elementary School, Durham, NC

Recess and healthy play support learning. Through the dedication of our coaches and staff, Playworks has successfully tackled the chaos and negative behaviors that find their way from the playground to the classroom, disrupting the teaching and learning process. Administration, teachers, and school staff reported in our 2013-14 survey:

  • 88% reported bullying at recess has decreased
  • 94% reported an increase in the level of participation in academic activities
  • 88% reported a reduction in the number of disruptive events in the classroom
  • 87% reported a positive impact on the overall school climate

Playworks NC wants to thank everyone for making it possible for us to bring safe and inclusive play to these schools. With your continued support we hope to expand the movement for more play and create a place where every kid belongs and is part of the game!


Playworks Direct Service Schools 2014-2015

Durham County

C.C. Spaulding Elementary School

E.K. Powe Elementary School

Eastway Elementary

Eno Valley Elementary School

Fayetteville Street Elementary School

Glenn Elementary School

Hope Valley Elementary School

Lakewood Elementary School

Maureen Joy Charter School

Merrick-Moore Elementary School

Parkwood Elementary School

Sandy Ridge Elementary School

W.G. Pearson Elementary School

Y.E. Smith Elementary School

Wake County

Brentwood Elementary School

Bugg Elementary School

Creech Road Elementary School

Fox Road Elementary School

Smith Elementary School

Walnut Creek Elementary School

More Updates

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,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…