Playworks

Rating: 4.97 stars   67 reviews

Address:

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:

Playworks currently serves more than 900 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than half of a million students directly and through professional training services.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

More than half a million students

Geographic areas served:

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health.

Programs:

Playworks partners with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships. Playworks Coach provides elementary schools with a full-time recess coach, throughout the school day and after school. Playworks TeamUp partners with elementary schools by providing an on-site coordinator to teach, model, and empower a sustainable recess program. Playworks Pro provides professional training and ongoing development to school staff, paraprofessionals, and after-school care providers to create and maintain a great recess and play environment throughout the school year.

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510.893.4180
http://playworks.org

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Reviews for Playworks

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been associated with PLAYWORKS for 4 years as a school district administrator and for the last year as a Board member. As an organization, PLAYWORKS excels in executing their vision and mission to bring out the best in every child through play. We have data to show dramatic improvements in recess behavior as tracked through Office Disciplinary Referrals, and improved school wide behavior as measured by PBIS SET data. All students learn conflict resolution strategies in context, and the opportunities provided to Junior Coaches for leadership training are superior to any I have seen. The PLAYWORKS Executive Director leads this non-profit with passion and skill, and constantly seeks opportunities to grow the organization, build connections, expand services and include diverse groups. School-based Coaches (often Americorp personnel) are well-trained, well-supervised and very effective.

 
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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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