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Playworks plans to expand to 27 cities by 2015, serving a quarter million students in low-income schools every day.

There are a lot of ways you can support their efforts, join in the fun and bring play back to your school. This page gives you the details on what cities they are in now, and how the program works. Playworks also offers a comprehensive training and technical service program to train even more adults to bring healthy play to schools and communities where they don"t offer their direct service. Here are a few simple ways you can play along today:

Understanding Play

Playworks Pic KidThere has been much research done on the importance of play and its impact on social and academic development. Jill Vialet recommends Stuart Brown"s book "Play", which explores the science of play and its impact on your lives. You may also want to read the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation"s Gallup survey on recess called "The State of Play." Other resources and studies can be found on the Playworks website.

Learn More About Playworks

Watch Jill Vialet"s TEDx Talk, or visit Jill"s Ashoka Fellow Page to learn more about her and other Social Entrepreneurs making a difference in education, health care, the environment and more. Visit the Playworks website for tips on how you can incorporate play into your day, or support their efforts in schools across the country.

Donate to Playworks

PLAYWORKS VolunteerMake a donation to Playworks and help expand their presence in low-income elementary schools throughout the country.

Join the Playworks Team

Investigate potential employment and volunteer opportunities at Playworks here.

Become a Corporate Partner

Get your company involved by partnering with Playworks as a Corporate Sponsor. You can host a Day of Play, put on a company fundraiser, or participate in your city Corporate Kickball Tournament to support Playworks initiatives.

Bring Play to online casino Your City

The process of identifying and choosing schools for Playworks programs is an involved one, but is worth exploring further. Playworks operates in urban cities around the country. To qualify for a full-time Playworks program, schools must have at least 50 percent of student enrollment eligible for free or reduced school lunches, although the majority of our partner schools are well above 50 percent.

If your school does not qualify for our direct service or Playworks is not in your city, we can still help you bring play back to your playgrounds: Check out the Training section of our website or download our handbook with dozens of games. Learn more about whether a school in your community would be a good Playworks fit here, or send an email to [email protected]

PLAY With Your Kids!

Whether you are a parent or an educator, it is so important to emphasize the importance of play to the children who look up to you. And there"s no better way to do this than lead by example! Jill Vialet highlights that if there isn"t at least one person in a school who has a single focus on play, then the concept itself can easily be marginalized. If you have some free time, volunteer as a coach during recess. Also, take your kids outside to play after school. Playworks has compiled a great list of games and icebreakers for the playground which can be viewed and downloaded at

Learn How to Play

If you are interested in learning how to become a trained playground coach and bring skills and expertise of a Playworks experience into your classroom, playground, or household, consider a Playworks Training Workshop. These workshops can be anywhere from 2 to 7 hours of play training, where parents and educators can learn games, conflict resolution strategies, and other skills necessary for helping children engage on the playground. Click Here to see rates for these trainings and find out more information.


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Rachel is a writer, thinker and world traveler who currently works under the Bay Bridge for a design consultancy called IDEO, helping spread human-centered design across the products and services we use and create as a society. Rachel is a 2010 graduate of University of Southern California where she earned her B.A. in International Relations and was the President and Founder of the TEDxTrojans Student Organization (a new TEDx formed around student innovation). She has also studied Arabic, and lived and worked in Egypt studying foreign policy and teaching English to African refugees living in Cairo. Her passion is making international development more efficient, effective, and most importantly, compassionate. Rachel climbs rocks so she can see into the distance, and always wears two different socks. Always.

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