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     We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Playworks is the leading national nonprofit, leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. We are changing school culture by promoting a safe, fun, and healthy environment at school every day. We create a space for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.


What it looks like...

     Through our full-time, year-round Playworks Coach model, Eastman elementary schools has a full-time recess coach throughout the school day and after school. Our coaches enhance and transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity. Our rock-star coaches strive to know every child by name, orchestrating play and physical activity through the five components of the Playworks program every day.  The Playworks Coach service has been proven to decrease bullying behavior, increase physical activity and support learning.  Through Playworks, students are trained to be leaders! Junior Coaches teach other students conflict management, peer coaching and practice of learned skills. Junior leaders support student independence, group cooperation and teamwork.