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Playworks brings out the best in every kid, through play. 

We build a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging. Partnering with teachers, principals, and parents, we make sure kids have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom, and in our community. A randomized control trial found that compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active and teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior. Learn more about our impact. 

The Playworks program has tremendously helped students play and interact peacefully. This gives students a safe outlet of energy and conflict resolution before re-entering the classroom.

Robyn Steele

Teacher, Scott Lane Elementary, Santa Clara, CA

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March 1, 2017

AmeriCorps Appreciation Week 2017 ›

The East Bay office staff want to show their love for the AmeriCorps members who show up every day to make play possible on East Bay playgrounds. Here in the East Bay, we have 21 amazing AmeriCorps coaches and we’re excited…

March 3, 2017

Warriors’ Hoop4Kids and Playworks ›

Playworks is proud to work alongside the Golden State Warriors to ensure kids experience safe and healthy play every day. Through their initiative Hoops4Kids, Warriors achievements on the court benefit youth around the Bay Area. We are celebrating each Warriors…

April 16, 2012

Meet Jonathan: An Outstanding Junior Coach ›

Jonathan Avila is a fifth grade student at World and Achieve Academy in Oakland, where he's been a Junior Coach since the beginning of the school year. On a recent sunny afternoon, Coach Jonathan and I sat down together on…

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