Rating: 4.97 stars 67 67 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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
More Playworks offices in more cities across the Nation!!
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