According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons. (Pediatrics 2013; 131: 183-188)
This article gives information and citations to support the cognitive and academic benefits of recess, as well as the social and emotional benefits. At OPEN, we understand the role that recess also plays in the development of physical literacy and fitness. With all of the evidence to support the importance or Recess for all children, we’ve created Recess Matters to provide accessible programming materials for all schools.
Currently, all Recess Matters resources are currently available in a pilot version. This means that we are collecting feedback from our members and targeted programs in order to relaunch and expand the program in the Spring of 2020. If have interest in any of the resources in this program, please return to the Recess Matters landing page and complete our simple feedback form to help us build and improve.
RECESS MATTERS PROGRAMMING PHASES