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Playworks

Type of Organization: Non-governmental - Non-Profit

Home Country: United States United States  icon

Overview

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

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day.

Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time program coordinators, called “coaches” to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity throughout the school day. The coaches become part of the school community, working full-time to provide organized play and physical activity through the five components of the Playworks program. They organize games and activities during recess, provide individual class game times and run a leadership development program during school hours. They also run Playworks tutoring and physical activity programs and developmental sports leagues during after school hours.

Noteable Resources

Playworks has a shared Playbook that provides guidance to playground coaches. The 2010-2011 Playbook, a 390-page pdf, provides full descriptions of games and activities appropriate for K-5 school children. They are organized in the following categories: Ice Breakers; Readiness Games; Tag Games; Cooperative Games; Core Playground Games and Sports; Core Games Modifications; and Health and Fitness - FitKid Program.

Also included is structured curriculum in Violence Prevention and Peace Promotion. The Violence Prevention materials focus on providing students with a set of foundation skills for preventing violence using a framework called the Five Fingers of Safety. The Peace Promotion materials focus on proactive measures to encourage and foster a healthy community, and can be used with a variety of student groups.


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Contact Information

Name: Playworks
Type: Non-governmental - Non-Profit
Website:
http://www.playworks.org/

Address:
380 Washington Street
Oakland, CA, 94607
United States

Voice Phone: 510-893-4180

Contact person: Cindy Wilson (for media inquiries)
Contact email:

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