Organizations That Support Recess

American Academy of Pediatrics

Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. In essence, recess should be considered a child’s personal time, and it should not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons.

Read the 2013 Policy Statement

American Heart Association

Support daily recess for all students at all grade levels that cannot be denied due to punishment.

Read the Policy Statement

SHAPE America

"Recess helps students to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity that can improve strength and endurance; enhance academic achievement; and increase self-esteem for children and adolescents."

Read SHAPE America's Strategies for RECESS in Schools

National Parent Teacher Association

In 2013 Statement support at least 20 minutes of recess a day, not to be denied for academic or disciplinary reasons.

Read the Resolution on School Recess

National Association of Elementary School Principals

Made statements in 2010 and 2017 in support of recess. "Recess is a vital component to student well-being and success."

Read the 5 Strategies for Recess Planning

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC has collaborated with SHAPE America and Springboard to Active Schools to develop resources to promote recess in school.

Read CDC Resources on Healthy Schools

National Association of School Nurses

It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that scheduled recess not be withheld for any student during the school day.

Read Policy Statement

American Federation of Teachers

In 2017 American Federation of Teachers passed a resolution which supports no less than 30 minutes of recess daily.

Read the Resolution

American Association for the Child's Right to Play

IPA (USA), US Play Coalition, and Alliance for Childhood collaborated on a 2019 Position Paper supporting recess for all children.

Read A Research-Based Case for Recess: Position Paper

Springboard to Active Schools

Read this Data Brief to learn more about the definition of recess, get a snapshot of current recess practices in the United States, and explore national guidance and practical strategies to improve recess.

Organizations that Improve Recess

Texas Christian University LiiNK Project

TCU LiiNK Project

The LiiNK Project is based on research in the U.S. and other countries to incorporate a much more inclusive, innovative model than traditional public schools have adopted over the past 20 years. The approach traditional public schools have adopted is centered around a required number of minutes in specific content areas daily. Standardized tests are the focus of determining success of a school or grade level achievement. LiiNK offers documents for Recess policy support and podcasts that help people learn about recess.


Playworks is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that serve to help 3.5 million students in 7,000 schools experience safe and healthy play every day. Playworks is working to build a national movement to recognize the importance of play and recess. Playworks helps schools and districts make the most of recess through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development, free resources, and more.

Peaceful Playground

Peaceful Playground

The mission of the Peaceful Playgrounds Foundation is to create a safe play environment, support healthy active kids, and advocate for recess and free play. Peaceful Playgrounds provides a popular recess program nationwide in 9000 schools and have been the choice of school administrators for creating a colorful and peaceful recess environment for over 20 years. This organization focuses and playgrounds, play, and conflict resolution.

Publications that Support Recess

Books About Recess

Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School

by Rebecca A. London
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Harvard Ed Cast: Why We Need to Rethink Recess

In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, London shares ideas from her new book, Rethinking Recess, how to create a more inclusive recess, and why taking away recess — especially as punishment — is a bad idea for kids.

Listen to the Podcast

Podcasts About Recess

Newsletters Worth Subscribing

Peter Gray: Play Makes Us Human
Play Deficit as Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental Health