Playworks

This program received support from the Foundation between 2005 and 2015.

Harnessing the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

Playworks transforms recess into an opportunity for children to grow physically, socially and emotionally.

Play has a critical role in early childhood. It helps children learn to self-regulate and control their behavior. It teaches skills like taking turns, sharing, and working as a team.

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

Over more than a decade, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been a major supporter of Playworks' approach to play as a positive force for children’s development. In connection with broader investments in supporting healthy  children, RWJF has funded the expansion Playworks' direct service model from two schools in Berkeley, Calif.,to a presently more than 1,200 schools across the United States. Additionally, RWJF has funded an evaluation of how well the Playworks model improves children’s physical, social, and academic skills.

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    Tue Sep 14 00:00:00 EDT 2010

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