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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September 23, 2019

It’s Recess Checkup Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of…

September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

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September 12, 2019

Play 60: Raiders host “Stretch & Move” program ›

Raiders players and the Raiderettes collaborated with Playworks Northern California in a “Stretch & Move” program at Lockwood Elementary School. The program leads over 100 Oakland elementary school students through various stretch routines and football drills while also promoting the Play 60 message of being active for 60 minutes every day.

July 8, 2019

Community Connection at Grown N’ Play ›

Playworks for everyone! On June 27, Playworks Northern California and RealTime Oakland came together for a second evening of fun—Grown N’ Play 2, back by popular demand! Grown N’ Play is an event that fosters authentic connection in our community, rooted in wellness and social impact. It is a fun-filled evening of: Large group recess-inspired…

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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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638 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607
T: 510.893.4180

         

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