Updates

October 23, 2019

Playworks Southern California Impact Report 2018-2019 ›

Playworks Southern California is pleased to present this impact report highlighting our programs and services during the 2018-19 school year! For more information, please contact Celeste Soto at celeste.soto@playworks.org. For partnership inquiries, please contact Michelle Serrano at michelle.serrano@playworks.org. Click images or download a printable version of Playworks Southern California’s Impact Report 2018-2019.

Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school
Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school

September 23, 2019

It’s Recess Checkup Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of…

September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

March 22, 2019

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh…

March 6, 2019

A Playground Story from 52nd Street Elementary ›

Emily Barbee, Assistant Principal at 52nd Street Elementary School, LAUSD says,  “A 3rd grade girl was often leaving the classroom, getting into fights with peers. Because of some of the things that were going on in her life, she had a really hard time just getting through the day. It might be a fight with…

March 5, 2019

Coach Hoops’ Story From the Playground ›

Skai Thompson, “Coach Hoops” at 52nd Street Elementary School, LAUSD says, “I have a 3rd grader in a special learning class. He was always just really angry and when his buttons were pushed and he was triggered, he was a tornado through the playground—benches flipped over, trash cans kicked over. There wasn’t too much emotional…

March 4, 2019

Junior Coach Takes the Lead on the Playground ›

As a Playworks’ Junior Coach, Josiah Pedroza is practically a pro by now. He’s in fifth grade, and this is his third year as a Junior Coach where he helps out at recess and serves as a leader to younger kids at John Muir Fundamental Elementary in Santa Ana. “You’re older than them, and they…

February 27, 2019

Always Reaching Higher: Coach Hoops at 52nd Street Elementary ›

It’s not every day that a Playworks #AmeriCorps Coach is honored by the Los Angeles Lakers, complete with a basketball clinic hosted by legendary forward A.C. Green. Then again, being treated to a center court awards ceremony at a Lakers game isn’t something a Playworks Coach experiences every day, either. But it’s her everyday actions…

Alhambra Unified School District press release

February 25, 2019

Students at Northrup Elementary Reaping the Benefits of Playworks Program ›

Playworks is helping students develop social, emotional, and physical skills to support academic focus and participation. What looks like play is transforming Alhambra USD elementary school campuses. At Northrup, Playworks Coach Joy Lydia Gomez is on hand during the school day, especially during the lunch and recess block, to teach students to stay active, get…