Coaches Go Back to School

  1. Updates

If you walked into a room full of adults playing games from their days on the playground, would it even occur to you that serious training was in progress? When Playworks San Francisco needs to train its coaches for the upcoming year, we do so with games and interactive workshops. You might think that all you need to know to be a Playworks coach revolves around how to play kickball and four square. The coaches learned how incorrect this assumption is.  Within the first hour of pre-service, the coaches realized they were about to learn much more than simply the basic rules of playground games.

Pre-service includes discussions and training that revolve around effective group management, how to plan for class game time, diffusing conflicts using preemptive measures like rock-paper-scissors, and of course, lots of games.

This playful environment gives Playworks coaches the foundation they will need in order to bring the power of play to each elementary school that they work at.  This training is more than just a way for Playworks coaches to understand the job they are undertaking. It’s also about getting to know one another, create friendships, forming bonds that will help support them throughout the rest of the year.

When pre-service is over, the coaches will be ready to take on the recess yard. Playbook in hand, they will shift the climate at our 24 schools in San Francisco, Marin, and the peninsula, giving every child they work with a chance to play in a safe and inclusive way, everyday.

More Updates


A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.
A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.

November 16, 2022

2021-22 Annual Report ›

We are excited to share with you a look back at everything we accomplished in the 2021-2022 program year. It was a year focused on rebuilding after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to share that we served 41,200 students in the Northern California Region.  We are thankful for your continued…

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…

April 5, 2022

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation & Salesforce partner with Playworks ›

Check out this inspiring video showcasing Playworks Northern California’s continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2021-22 school year. Playworks has delivered safe and healthy play to over 30,000 elementary school children of promise in Northern California this year. We are grateful for their support of this important work!