Harnessing the power of community to promote healthy development through play
 

Our Mission: 

Harness the power of community to promote healthy development through play.

Recess Collective is working to create inclusive community centered spaces designed to bring play, creativity and support to young children and the people who love them.  

Ultimately our vision is that every community has a space to come together (around the development of young children) to share resources and live playful, healthy lives.  

The whole community can be involved in making the journey through parenting young children joyful.  By building a small, connected village, we can lighten the load.  

 
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Our community

"Recess is so much more than a play space. It is truly a community anchor in this transient hustle and bustle that is SF.  I do not know what I would have done without this place when my two kids were little, as while they had a blast playing I was meeting and chatting with other moms and caregivers. Recess provided me with many  opportunities for connection in the extremely vulnerable time of early motherhood. It is not just for your kids, it is for you and your own sanity in this crazy parenthood journey. Hope you can enjoy this great place for you and your kids!."

— Joanna M, Mother of two

 
 
 

Our Programs

 

provide space to be

Recess Collective provides a safe, clean place for families with young children to gather, receive support and combat isolation by creating community groups, social interaction through new parent groups, support for postpartum depression, etc.

 

leverage partnerships

We partner with community organizations & local businesses to provide vetted resources to parents and caregivers.

include all in our community

Create space for families with children regardless of ability, socio-economic level, or sexual orientation.  Families with children with need play. Recess collective is not just for moms and dads.  It's for caregivers, it's for kids, it's for grandparents, retirees and for interns.  When we all work together, the result is that much better

 

grow

Our goal is to continue to raise funds to create new spaces and bring this type of community hub to more neighborhoods.

Background

Recess Collective started as Recess-urban recreation, which, for the past 10 years, has been a space where caregivers can overcome the isolation of early parenthood, build relationships and enjoy family support programing. In 2018, we've converted to a nonprofit in order to stay viable despite the changing economy in San Francisco & continue to deliver these vital services. 

The cornerstone of our organization is an open layout play-space designed to promote authentic exploration, socialization and creativity through a variety of materials and playthings.  In addition to play,  Recess hosts a variety of early childhood music and art programs, new parent support groups, workshops and much more. We also have a co-working space that serves as a stepping-stone for parents re-entering the workforce by removing the difficulties of part time childcare. 

All these activities fulfill the overarching goals of Recess Collective to meet the diverse needs of families by providing a comfortable, accessible space that encourages social interaction, genuine and sustainable support, creative stimulation, and community inclusion.

While families with young children and play will always be central to the mission of Recess Collective, we’ll also be serving as a space for inter-generational connection.

What does that look like? Retired librarians reading to toddlers, former social workers sharing support with new parents, and teens playing music for families with young children. We all have so much to offer one another but there is not a space that unites varied generations.

The COLLECTIVE part of the nonprofit is designed to do harness the collective talent, resources and expertise we have right here in our community. Our goal is to move away from the fragmented nature of our city. There are so many small business owners struggling to afford rent and just barely scraping by to make payroll each month. What if we could pool our resources? Have a lactation consultant on site to do consultations in a room that’s later used by a financial planner. There is so much possibility.  

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Our Impact

This is a period of rapid development when more than a million new neural connections are formed every second. As young children are busy trying to understand who they are and how the world works, they are influenced by many factors, including relationships with parents and caregivers, experiences at home or in child care and the influences of the community in which they grow up. It’s these earliest moments that matter most. 

We have the potential to change lives, by changing the trajectory of early childhood development and supporting parent wellness.  Join us!

 
 

Importance

WE KNOW THAT:

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN FIRST THREE YEARS OF LIFE 

SOCIALIZATION IS KEY TO RAISING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY KIDS

SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY IS THE NUMBER ONE INDICATOR OF PARENT/CAREGIVER HEALTH

CAREGIVER HEALTH DICTATES CHILD’S HEALTH

THEREFORE:

ALL CHILDREN NEED ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PLAY SPACES WITH PEERS

ALL PARENTS DESERVE SUPPORT AND EASY ACCESS TO VETTED RESOURCES

THE FAMILY UNIT’S HEALTH DICTATES SOCIETY’S HEALTH