Reports

December 8, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act ›

A new review conducted by RAND Corporation and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation found that Playworks stands out among social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for evidence of impact. The review found that the Playworks Coach service is one of only seven elementary school SEL interventions to meet the highest criteria for evidence of impact…

April 13, 2017

The Impact of a Recess-Based Leadership Program on Urban Elementary School Students ›

Urban youth face more barriers to physical activity outside of the school day. Results from this study suggest that youth have the ability to be change makers in the school setting, influencing the school culture in positive ways by reducing bullying, role modeling for younger students and teaching conflict resolution. Not only are youth capable…

April 11, 2017

The Impact of a Multi-Component Physical Activity Programme in Low-Income Elementary Schools ›

Results from this study provide evidence that school recess can be used to teach social–emotional competencies that can impact student behavior during recess and in the classroom. There were an increased amount of positive interactions between adults and students and a decreased amount of conflict in the playground at Playworks schools post intervention. Results also…

April 1, 2017

School Recess, Social Connectedness and Health: A Canadian Perspective ›

Children need opportunities to establish positive social connections at school, yet many school playgrounds are challenged by social conflict that can undermine these connections. Because recess is typically the only time during the school day that children are free to socialize and play, it is possible to begin to think of recess through the lens…

January 1, 2017

Strategies for Recess in Schools ›

In Jan 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America released new guidance documents for recess. Playworks contributed to the development of these guidance documents and we’re excited that the CDC and SHAPE America have taken the step to publicly recognize the importance of recess in the development of our kids.

May 1, 2016

Dutch Primary Schoolchildren’s Perspectives of Activity-Friendly School Playgrounds: A Participatory Study ›

Children's desire for fun and active play were influenced by physical playground characteristics and safety, rules and supervision, peer-interactions, and variations in equipment/games. Structural involvement of children in designing, developing and improving playgrounds may increase children’s active play and consequently physical activity levels during recess.

March 1, 2016

The Impact of Playworks on Students’ Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity: Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial ›

The impact of Playworks was larger among minority students than among non-Hispanic white students. One possible explanation is that minority students in non-Playworks schools typically engaged in less physical activity, suggesting that there is more room for improvement.

February 1, 2016

Building A Culture of Health Through Safe and Healthy Elementary School Recess ›

The Playworks TeamUp program can help schools make recess more organized and safe, and ensure healthy play is taking place. Participating schools reported improvements in recess organization, students’ familiarity with a variety of games, and their access to playground equipment. The majority of TeamUp schools said that after they started using the program, students were…

January 21, 2015

The Impact of Playworks on Boys’ and Girls’ Physical Activity During Recess ›

Girls in Playworks schools had significantly higher accelerometer intensity counts and spent more time in vigorous physical activity than girls in control schools. Girls in the treatment group were also significantly less likely than those in the control group to be sedentary and significantly more likely to engage in jumping, tag, and playground games.