The Power of Recess

Recess is in danger...

Today’s children are missing out on childhood. The ever-increasing pressure to cram more instructional time into the school day has put the squeeze on recess in schools around the country. While 40 percent of school districts in the US have reduced recess time, nearly 7 percent of school districts have eliminated recess altogether. The result, experts claim, is overburdened children with underdeveloped social, cognitive and emotional skills.

The elimination of recess is a significant move towards the destruction of play itself, a development that would be nothing short of catastrophic for generations to come. The lack of playtime for young children is a topic currently gaining traction with mainstream media. In fact, recent studies on the implications of negligible playtime have led to academicians and researchers advocating for reinstating recess as part of the school day.

How can I help?

Are you concerned your child isn’t getting enough time to play while at school? You’re not alone. The right to recess is a nationwide issue and we encourage you to speak up on the importance of play regardless of where you call home. With the right tools and resources, you can help rally your school community to get recess reinstated or to incorporate more recess into the school day. For starters, how about voicing these concerns to your local legislator? We’ve made it easy for you. Simply download one of the two letters below, sign and send it.

Download this letter if you’re working to save recess at schools in your area.

Download Letter

Download this letter if there is recess-related legislation up for a vote in your state.

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Rene Plasencia
Suite 216
7217 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807-6379

Robert Cortes
696 North Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751-4423

New Jersey

Shirley K. Turner
1230 Parkway Ave.
Suite 103 Ewing Twp., NJ 08628

Erik Peterson
178 Center St. Suite 2B
Clinton, NJ 08809

Joseph A. Lagana
205 Robin Rd.
Suite 222
Paramus, NJ 07652

David P. Rible
1967 Highway 34
Bldg. C
Suite 202
Wall Township, NJ 07719

Mila M. Jasey
511 Valley St.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Benjie E. Wimberly
191 Market St.
Paterson, NJ 07505


Royce West
2612 Main Street,
Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75226

Larry Taylor
174 Calder Road,
Suite 151
League City, TX 77573

Eddie Lucio, Jr.
1210 W. Interstate 2,
Suite 10
Pharr, Texas 78577

Spread the word!

Join Playworld in standing up for children’s right to play. Recess is a critical component of the school day and beneficial for all children. Help spread word on the “Power of Recess” to others in your social network.