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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development Programs

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

Target demographics: 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 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.

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.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kevin155

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks demonstrates an incredible mission, outstanding staff and management, and a growing platform all back by proven success in reducing bulling, fostering inclusive play, improving classroom productivity and building stronger culture in the schools it serves.

Katie166

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Playworks!! I've been a member of the SF Board for a year, and continue to be impressed by the impact of Playworks. Providing a healthy, supportive and immersive recess experience can be transformative for children and I've learned so much from the staff and coaches. This is an amazing group of people doing amazing work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is an outstanding organization starting with the dedicated Coaches and Staff that work tirelessly to make sure that EVERY kid has a positive association with school. The positive energy that each and every Playworker brings to the school yard (and front office) is unrivaled and speaks to their lasting philosophy that fun & safe places are necessary for kids and adults alike.

It is an honor to serve on the East Bay Board and I look forward to many years of being a part of the family.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most active, competent, and engaged boards I've been part of. I highly recommend it. Playworks really knows how to execute on their mission and have a material impact in the lives of the people they serve.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great, visionary organization that is trying to scale to magnify its impact. Programming at schools and effect on kids is amazing to see first hand.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks does amazing work, day in and day out. It's always wonderful to see the direct impact the programming has on kids in transforming playgrounds and schools, and inspiring to watch the program blossom nationwide!

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks has been doing amazing work for nearly 20 years. By building safe, inclusive playground cultures where kids can have a universally positive play experience, Playworks transforms the cultures of low-income elementary schools across the country. 10 minutes on the playground of a Playworks school and you will immediately recognize the quality of programming, the magnitude of impact, and the deep importance of the work that is being done. Definitely an organization that everyone should know about and easy to stand behind!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks organization is contributing positively to our communities working directly with schools to help kids learn how to resolve conflicts and stop/prevent bullying during recess (including after school and evening developmental sports leagues), so it doesn't spill into the classroom. Really great work that positively impacts the schools they work with (see below metrics for further info). In 2015, Playworks served more than 60,000 kids in 150 schools in the Pacific Northwest. Playworks programs teach skills related to conflict-resolution, trust, inclusiveness, integrity and fair play, while increasing physical activity and decreasing bullying. Playworks' schools spend less time transitioning from recess to learning, reclaiming an average of 24 hours of teaching time per classroom, per year. The schools that partner with Playworks have also reported a 96% increase in the level of participation with academic activities, 96% increase in cooperation during class, and a 94% increase in students' ability to focus. In addition, they've experienced an 82% decrease in the amount of class time spent resolving conflicts, and an 85% decrease in bullying incidents. To learn more, please visit the NW Playworks site at: http://www.playworks.org/communities/pacificnw

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is developing young leaders in elementary schools who promote a culture of empathy, caring, respect, and fun in school environments. Junior coaches look out for the other students, resolve conflict on the playground, and help eliminate bullying. The organization encourages the same qualities and culture among its staff and board. I am proud to be a part of and supporter of Playworks!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Playworks and the amazing work they do for kids and communities. I wish we'd had this as kids.. play is an important part of learning and growing up and becoming a positive participant in society. Playworks helps kids develop healthy habits and positive relationships, and engage in fun play time experiences!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a local board member for Playworks. It is an excellent organization leading a national movement to make recess a fun, safe, and inclusive experience for all kids. Through youth leadership, conflict resolution, and having fun, Playworks promotes kids social-emotional learning skills and helps them return to the classroom ready to learn. All schools should partner with Playworks!