Recess plays a critical role in shaping positive social relationships, overall health, academic performance, and long-term health trajectories for children and youth.
It is a time for children to exercise their right to rest, leisure, and play —all fundamentally essential elements for healthy child development. Moreover, recess is one of the few times in the school day for free play and social interaction without direct adult management.
For the healthy development of all children and youth, recess must be thoughtfully designed; well-supported; and provide a variety of options, equipment, activities, and play spaces that are inclusive, prosocial, restful, playful, creative, and protected from the effects of social harm.
The Advocate, Initiate, and Share pages below provide a library of tips, tools, and resources to support quality recess planning and implementation for all children and youth.