Rating: 4.98 stars   80 reviews


380 Washington St. Oakland CA 94607 USA


To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

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We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.

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Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.

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


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.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Playworks Arizona a few months ago. Had an opportunity to see the program in action at a school, and attended the breakfast event. Truly impressed with the team leading this organization, their genuine passion and best of all the results they produce in the schools. What I witnessed at the school was nothing less than impressive. In the few weeks since school started, the program was able to transform recess into a positive experience for all students. The Playworks program is a gift to the students, teachers, administrators an our community at large.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am so impressed with the mission of Playworks, and the passion that they bring in bettering the overall school day experience for children! I applaud all of their efforts, from placing recess coaches, to training junior coaches, to the overall attitude and vibe they contribute in returning PLAY to our schools! Bravo to all involved and what they do each and every day to serve the very important children of our country. I wish there had been a Playworks coach at my children's' school!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen a Playworks playground in action an it is a sight to behold. Tons of kids all playing cooperatively , having fun at recess. The skills for conflict resolution really work! Most importantly happy kids are going back to the classroom where they can focus on schoolwork and not on some playground problem. Refreshed, exercised children are known, by research, to be more engaged learners.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Playworks is the best non-profit I know of! They are the only non-profit focusing on the epidemic of the deterioration of play. Playworks truly values healthy play, inclusion, respect, and healthy community with both the children they serve and with their own employees. Children, communities, parents, teachers, and Playworks staff are forever bettered by the organization!

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More Playworks offices in more cities across the Nation!!

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