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.

Contact

Playworks

380 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 893-4180
Website

Read the Evaluation Reports

Selected Results from Cohort 1

Selected Results from Cohort 1

Strengthening recess transforms the school climate, paving the way for less bullying and more focus on learning, according to Cohort 1 evaluation findings from Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University.

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

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

This evaluation report shares findings on school climate, student behavior, and transitions from recess back to class from a randomized controlled trial of Playworks conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University.

Effects on Play, Physical Activity and Recess

Effects on Play, Physical Activity and Recess

This report shares findings on physical activity, play and recess in Playworks schools from a randomized controlled trial conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University.

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

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

This report shares implementation findings from a randomized controlled trial of Playworks conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University.

Videos

Playworks

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

  • Creating a New Social Norm
  • Jill Vialet – Superpowers
  • The Power of Play
  • Jill Vialet – What Play Can Teach Us
  • Playworks on Times Square

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

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

Source: Playworks

In the News

Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

April 10, 2014 – Playworks has been working to reintroduce play to a U.S. education in which nearly half of schools have reduced or eliminated recess and has seen positive results that include an improved school climate and more productive school day.

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Plessy School Leader Talks Up Hiring Playworks to Provide Exercise, Conflict Resolution

April 10, 2014 – Head of school Joan Reilly pitched the merits of the Playworks program at the April 7 board meeting of The Citizens’ Committee for Education, which runs Homer A. Plessy Community School.

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Make a Difference Day Awards: Group Fixes D.C. Center

April 4, 2014 – Playworks put out a call for volunteers in Washington, D.C. to help update the Center for Therapeutic Recreation on Make a Difference Day.

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'today' Hosts Help Honor Those Who Make a Difference

April 4, 2014 – Playworks is one of the organizations honored at the annual Make A Difference Day Awards Luncheon in Washington D.C.

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Creating Healthy and Inclusive Playtime

March 28, 2014 – Playworks staff trained educators at two Caroline County, Maryland schools how to help kids get the most out of every recess.

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