The Recess Advocacy Team is a group of organizations dedicated to health and wellness, education, and play with a focus on recess practices and policies in Pre-K through 6th grade in Allegheny County.
The recess advocacy team seeks to:
Educate and advocate for the importance of recess.
Engage with children, families, and educators on recess experiences.
Establish a resource for recess-related advocacy, policy, and best practices for both families and educators.
Engage stakeholders (additional organizations, parents, community members, teachers, principals, etc.) to support recess advocacy work.
Member organizations include
Action for Healthy Kids
Allegheny County Health Department
Allies for Children
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh
Environmental Charter School
Let's Move Pittsburgh
Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania's fitUnited
The Recess Advocacy Team created a survey to go out to parents, caregivers and educators in Allegheny County during the summer of 2018 in order to highlight best practices and offer support for recess across Allegheny County. The survey is now closed and more information will be coming soon sharing results. To view the closed survey, please click here.
If you would like to learn more about the team, our work, next steps, or to get involved, please sign up below