Playworks Pacific Northwest

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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December 11, 2018

Over 100 Girls Attend Basketball Jamboree at Blazers Boys and Girls Club ›

On December 9, the Blazers Boys and Girls Club hosted our Girls Basketball Jamboree, with over 100 girls from Playworks schools in attendance! During our after-school basketball league, which runs throughout November and December, parents come to cheer while our coaches help the girls work on the fundamentals of the game including dribbling, passing, defense,…

November 28, 2018

Join Companies Like Nike and Subaru in Harnessing the Power of Play ›

Do you want to cultivate stronger relationships among your employees while also making an impact on your community? We recently had the pleasure of facilitating a Corporate Play Day for Nike’s Global Finance team, which helped foster increased employee satisfaction and collaboration among the staff. At these lively, interactive team-building experiences, participants learn signature Playworks…

April 11, 2018

Portland Children’s Levy ›

On May 15th, Portland voters have the chance to vote to renew the Portland Children’s Levy (Measure 26–197) and continue our funding for this important program. The Portland Children’s Levy was created by voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed in both 2008 and 2013. In the 15 years since voters first approved the levy, over…

April 5, 2018

Chloe and the Secret Handshake by Morgan Smith ›

Her name is Chloe. She’s new here, just moved to Portland from Tampa. Her clothes don’t fit. Her hair is dirty and tangled. For lunch she carries around a long tube of Pringles or a bag of Hot Cheetos. She has a precious smile, a contagious laugh, and no friends. During recess on her first…

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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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1125 SE Madison
Suite #210
Portland, OR 97214

t: 503.928.8684
f: 503.345.6687

   

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