Playworks Pacific Northwest

Organization Details

NamePlayworks Pacific Northwest

Organization Description

Mission statementTo improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
Service(s) descriptionThrough direct-service coaching and training, Playworks partners with elementary schools, districts, and after-school programs to integrate games into recess to create a welcoming place for every child on the playground. With an emphasis on social-emotional learning and skill-building, students feel included while being active and developing valuable skills needed to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Program impactPlayworks programming is designed to get kids in the game and to help schools build a community of playing together to make recess safe, inclusive, and fun for everyone. A 2013 evaluation of the implementation and impact of Playworks programming, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University, revealed that compared to non-Playworks schools, Playworks schools see: ● a 43 percent difference in the way teachers rated bullying and discipline issues ● a 20 percent difference in the way teachers rated students feelings of safety on the playground ● a 43 percent difference in the amount of time spent in vigorous physical activity during recess ● a 34 percent difference in time spent transitioning from recess to the classroom

Community programs are organized into categories known as Community School Elements. All community programs associated with Playworks Pacific Northwest are listed below and each program may be provided at 1 or more schools. You can use the 'Show Details' buttons to learn more about each program.

Behavior/Social and Emotional Learning and Supports (1 program)

Programs that support adults and students in developing 21st century skills and competencies such as self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and building trusting relationships, in order to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work/studies effectively. This is inclusive of programs supporting alternative discipline approaches such as restorative justice.