Playworks Pennsylvania

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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The Philadelphia Tribune

December 4, 2018

Chester A. Arthur student takes on leadership role through recess program ›

Ten-year-old Nafis Johnson has been developing and honing his leadership skills by contributing his time as a Junior Coach for Playworks Pennsylvania. The Playworks Junior Coach program gives selected fourth- and fifth-grade students the tools they need to navigate through school and life. “I’ve been a Junior Coach for Playworks for about a year and a…

The Notebook

November 14, 2018

In 5th grade and learning to be a leader ›

Through Playworks Pennsylvania, junior coaches help organize games at recess. One student who fills that role at Chester A. Arthur Elementary is Nafis Johnson.

November 8, 2018

Playworks Pennsylvania Generosity 5K ›

On Saturday, October 14 over 300 participants raced for good in Generosity Philadelphia’s fifth annual Multi-Charity 5K in Fairmount Park. Despite the overcast early in the day, thirteen runners raised over $11,000 for Playworks Pennsylvania and its mission to ensure that all kids have access to safe and healthy play across the region. Corrie O’Neil,…

October 25, 2018

Eagles & Playworks Unite to Prove Real Players Don’t Bully ›

On Monday, October 21, Playworks Pennsylvania teamed up with the Philadelphia Eagles for a special recess experience. Former NFL star Quintin Mikell spoke to students about modeling respect and inclusion as a way to work well with others and build leadership skills. With the help of the Eagles Pro Mobile he also led the kids…

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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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100 West Oxford Street, Suite E-3000
Philadelphia, PA 19122

t: 267.239.0507
t: 267.455.0830
f: 267.895.2760

       

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