Playworks Northern California

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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Latest News


January 24, 2024

Indoor Recess Transition Plan ›

From snow and cold to rain, smog, and everything in between, weather can throw a wrench in your outdoor recess plans. When inclement weather strikes, transitioning to indoor play can…

December 18, 2023

Playworks recognized as a NYSS Champion ›

Playworks becomes an NYSS Champion Playworks is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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October 24, 2023

California’s K-8 Students Guaranteed Outdoor Time with New Recess Law ›

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 291 into law, making a half-hour of recess mandatory for all elementary school students from kindergarten through eighth grade in the state. Laura Medina…

August 22, 2023

2022-23 Annual Report ›

We are thrilled to share with you our highlights of the 2022-23 program year and invite you to read our NorCal Annual Report 2022-23. Our dedication to program quality and…

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May 18, 2024

Spark Play: A Day with Playworks Northern California 2024 ›

SAVE THE DATE: Spark Play on May 18, 2024 Get ready for an epic day of fun and unforgettable PLAY journey! Join us for our second annual Spark Play at…

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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.

Contact Us


1423 Broadway
PMB 161
Oakland, CA 94612
T: 510.893.4180

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