Recess Resources


• American Association for the Child’s Right to Play – – An organization devoted to protecting children’s basic right to play; it is leading the movement to preserve and maintain school recess. The Recess Support Network is part of this organization. The Web site lists contact information for board members of the association.

• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – 800-424-2460; – Offers a wide variety of position papers and helpful guides for parents of young children.


Elementary School Recess: Selected Readings, Games, and Activities for Teachers and Parents, edited by Rhonda L. Clements, American Press, 2000.  Filled with fun activities for the playground and the home, this book also speaks eloquently for children’s right and need to play.

“Recess in Elementary Schools” – This position paper from the National Association for Sport & Physical Education outlines the benefits of recess and unstructured play for today’s children.

What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?, by Susan Ohanian, McGraw-Hill, 2002. Filled with details on what’s happening in the classroom today, and what parents can do to make changes.

Return to> The Demise of Recess.