PLAYWORKS UTAH Report to Investors & Community - 3rd Quarter 2017


Scaling What Works

Greetings to all of you who are committed to improving the social and emotional health of the kids in your community. I am grateful for your unwavering support and dedication to inspire and empower school communities to implement safe and healthy play.

Our innovation has been driven by principals and teachers who understand what children need to be successful in the classroom. The innovation has spread from one school to another via principal networks and through concrete evidence of impact. By documenting and reporting the results of our programming, we can change principals', teachers', and parents' beliefs that a sustainable recess program can improve student outcomes in the classroom. Since launching Playworks Utah in 2011 with our Coach program in five schools, we have been successful in diversifying our program models and services as well at the framework for how we contemplate our impact and work. Our ability to innovate and tailor our programming to each schools' need has been instrumental in our growth to 56 schools, and allowed our organization to deliver impact on a transformative scale.

We have plans to develop, test, and expand new channels, tools, and partnerships over the next four years to continue to scale our operation and reach 175,000 kids by 2020. Through inspiring and empowering school communities to assess and execute successful strategies in implementing positive play, we can truly change the education system to value safe and healthy play as a vehicle for greater child development, and ultimately: success.

It is with tremendous gratitude that I report to you, our investors and community, about the progress that Playworks Utah has made so far in the 2017 fiscal year. Please enjoy our 3rd quarter (January - March) report to investors and the community!

With Gratitude,

Christopher Conard

Executive Director, Playworks Utah


Playworks continued growth and expansion is a direct result of the support we receive from our philanthropic partners. The 3rd Quarter was active in terms of renewal partnerships and new partners that will help propel our work into the future. Year-to-date, we have raised $711,441 bringing us close to our budgeted goal of $746,000.

In addition to philanthropic support, we achieve our budgeted goals with earned income from school fees and Pro service sales. Year-to-date, we have collected $594,084 of our committed goal ($667,000) from our 39 Coach, TeamUp, and Junior Coach Corps partners schools.

Pro sales continue to grow and have recognized $101,863 in revenue, year-to-date. There is clearly a strong appetite in the market place for our programs and services and we are locking in school partners throughout the state for the 2017-18 school year.

THANK YOU, to everyone that sponsored and participated in our Annual Race to Reduce Bullying 5K in March! We had a tremendous turnout and raised over $14,000.


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I have been named as a finalist to receive the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award. I was selected, along with two other social entrepreneurs, by a panel of independent judges, and I am honored and humbled by the recognition. Award winners will be announced at a gala event on June 10 at the Grand America Hotel. Stay tuned!


Playworks is implementing a new tool called the Great Recess Framework (GRF), which is designed to assess the quality of outcomes at recess, and to help schools gauge whether students are engaging in safe and healthy play.

The GRF is divided into three sections:
  • Safety: Students are physically and emotionally safe
  • Engagement: Students are engaged and active
  • Empowerment: Students are empowered to lead games and resolve their own conflicts

An online assessment tool called Recess Check-UpĀ has been sent to several Utah schools that don't currently partner with Playworks. This tool helps schools examine whether safe and healthy play is happening in their own school community. As we obtain results, we offer our services to schools that will benefit from additional resources to achieve safe and healthy play, ultimately bringing us closer to our 2020 aim.

"I think the best program at East Midvale Elementary is the Playworks program. It teaches students how to play fair with other students, not just at recess, but also at home or wherever the students are."

-Malik Bannaga, East Midvale Elementary student

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