Journal of School Health Confirms the Postive Impact of Playworks

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This study found that Playworks led to a fundamental positive shift in school climate in the short time frame of one school year. The study also noted that a positive school climate has been linked to a host of favorable student outcomes, from attendance to achievement.

In highlighting the crucial importance of a high-functioning recess, the study comments:

"The free play and physical activity associated with recess are key inputs to both learning and a well-behaved classroom. Play itself is so critical for children’s healthy development that it has been recognized by the United Nations as a right of every child and by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an essential part of children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being, especially for those who are economically disadvantaged."

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A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.
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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…

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three people with Playworks shirts

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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!