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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. 

Playworks over the years has changed our school climate. Our students are more respectful and use conflict resolution strategies to consistently resolve their own conflicts.

Denise Bertrand

Principal, Diamond Elementary, Santa Ana, CA

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March 4, 2017

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2017 ›

During AmeriCorps Week, we like to acknowledge and thank our members who are doing incredible things in our communities. Monica “Coach M” Martinez is one of our coaches making a big impact. As an AmeriCorps member and Playworks coach serving…

January 17, 2017

Dorsey High School Clean Up to Celebrate MLK Day ›

For about 22 years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been deemed a day of service in which individuals take a “day on, not a day off.” In order to keep the ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive, we…

December 8, 2016

From Junior Coach to Presidential Pen Pal ›

Each day, the White House receives thousands of letters and emails from Americans around the country, and the President responds to only a handful. Playworks was thrilled that former Junior Coach Benny joined this select group of presidential correspondents. Last…

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