Playworks

Playworks

Improving the health and well-being of children through safe, meaningful play

Playworks strengthens the social, emotional, and physical development of children—and supports learning—by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess. Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time and preventing bullying.

RWJF believes that investing in physical, social, and emotional development in children is critical to forging a healthier future in America. Playworks takes a completely new and radical approach to play as a positive force for children’s development–transforming recess into an opportunity for children to grow physically, socially and emotionally. This can also enhance children’s learning, thus contributing to their future health as adults. RWJF is supporting the national expansion of Playworks, as well as an evaluation of how well the model improves children’s physical, social, and academic skills.

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Playworks

380 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 893-4180
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Playworks is improving the health and well-being of children through safe, meaningful play.

Playworks is improving the health and well-being of children through safe, meaningful play.

Playworks is improving the health and well-being of children through safe, meaningful play.

See how @RWJF grantee @Playworks is using recess to make a better school day. #recesscounts

367 schools. 22 US cities. 270,000+ students.

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Read The Evaluation Reports

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Effects on School Climate, Academic Learning, Student Social Skills and Behavior

May 15, 2013

A series of research briefs cover results from an experimental evaluation of Playworks. In this brief: the effects on school climate, academic learning and student social skills and behavior.

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Playworks Implementation in 17 Schools from 6 U.S. Cities

May 14, 2013

A series of research briefs cover results from an experimental evaluation of Playworks. In this brief: Playworks implementation in 17 schools from 6 U.S. cities.

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Effects on Play, Physical Activity and Recess

May 14, 2013

A series of research briefs cover results from an experimental evaluation of Playworks. In this brief: the effects on play, physical activity and recess.

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Related Research

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Does Better Recess Equal a Better School Day?

May 14, 2013

A safe and healthy recess has the potential to drive better student behavior, health, and learning, according to this study from Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University.

The State of Play

February 1, 2010

RWJF commissioned a first-of-its-kind Gallup poll of 1,951 principals in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Playworks, a Vulnerable Populations grantee.

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