Description: Starting in 1996 in two schools in Berkeley, Calif.,Playworks expanded to schools in San Francisco (2003) and then, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to Baltimore in 2005 and to Boston and Washington, D.C., in 2006. With ongoing RWJF support, Playworks has continued to expand its direct service model that includes a dedicated full-time coach who organizes recess, class game time, sports leagues, before and after-school programs, and a junior coach program. Playworks has also developed training programs. Researchers at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and Stanford University have conducted an RWJF-funded randomized, controlled trial of Playworks.
“The approach to play at a school is inclusive and focused on every kid. Our theory is that the influence of play only works if you make it available to everyone all at once.”
– President and Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Cushing