367 schools. 22 US cities. 270,000+ students.
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.
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.
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.
A series of research briefs cover results from an experimental evaluation of Playworks. In this brief: the effects on play, physical activity and recess.
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.
This study examines the initial implementation of Playworks in six San Francisco and Silicon Valley schools, and measures the effectiveness of the programs in two schools with already established Playworks programs.