Playworks

Rating: 4.98 stars   52 reviews

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Location: 380 Washington St. Oakland CA 94607 USA

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
Target demographics: Direct service: low-income elementary schools Training: all schools and youth organizations
Direct beneficiaries per year: 130,000 directly
Geographic areas served: We serve low-income schools in urban cities around the country through our direct service program. Playworks Training provides training and technical service to adults who work with schools around the country.
Programs: Direct service which provides a full-time, trained and supervised coordinator at each school providing five components (recess, class game time, junior coach leadership development, out-of-school programming, and interscholastic leagues) to the school. Our Training department provides four training options to schools, school districts and other youth organizations: recess implementation, recess 360, out-of-school time series and workshops energized.
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EIN 94-3251867
510.893.4180
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate enough to see this amazing program in action for 2 years in Oakland in 2002. The staff and program changed the dynamic of the elementary school and the lives of the students. The students were eager for recess and learned lifelong conflict resolution skills.
Recess is often a time when students engage in negative behavior and this transfers throughout the rest of their school day. This can have a very powerful impact on their academic achievement.
I only wish Playworks was in the current school that I work in-we could really use their help!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only continue to grow and expand, while keeping the core principals in place.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen the impact Playworks has on the playground and it's truly phenomenal. Their staff are upbeat and passionate about working with kids, and it translates into kids with good attitudes and lots of healthy physical activity. They're growing fast and smart. And I love how they figured out how to take something as simple as recess and made it such a gamechanger not only for the school day, but for kids' overall success.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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