The Power of Play: How Playworks is Revolutionizing Recess and Building Life Skills

When it comes to children’s health and well-being, few things are as essential as play. That’s why Elizabeth Cushing, CEO of Playworks, has dedicated her career to ensuring kids access safe, fun, and healthy playtime.

With over 17 years of experience in executive leadership positions at Playworks, Cushing has demonstrated a strong commitment to strategic growth, youth development, and fundraising. She understands that play is a fun diversion and a critical component of children’s physical, emotional, and social development.

Under Cushing’s leadership, Playworks has become the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming children’s social and emotional health through the power of play. The organization partners with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.

Cushing’s passion for play-based learning is rooted in her belief in its ability to bring out the best in every child. By creating a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable life skills, Playworks is changing school climates and improving the health and well-being of children across the United States.

As a skilled executive and advocate for youth development, Elizabeth Cushing is a true champion of play-based learning. Her work at Playworks inspires all who believe that children deserve the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive through play.

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