Welcome to the US Play Coalition!

The US PLAY Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life.

The first play movement started the early 1900's. Now, given the many problems with obesity and other social ills that have occurred with the erosion of play opportunities, it is time to begin the second great play movement. We ask you to help us as we do so. The time has come for all of us to help our children, and citizens regardless of age, create a better life, and ultimately, to make a difference in today's world by making joys and benefits associated with play a reality for all.

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Guest Blog – Play: The Fountain of Youth – The Role of Play In Adult Neurogenesis

May 28, 2015

by Kent Callison, Director of Marketing Communications, GameTime

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  • Drum Roll please! Our Annual Conference Has a New Name!

    May 28, 2015

    We received many great suggestions for a new name for the play conference, after many years as “The Conference on the Value of Play.” Gleaned from social media, from past attendees and from committee members, all the suggestions were very creative…and PLAYful.

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  • Guest Blog – Is the Global Perception of Risk Destroying Play Opportunities for Children?

    Apr 22, 2015

    by Blair Barrows, M.Ed Candidate, Special Education Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

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  • Guest Blog – Early Childhood Education Making Headlines around the Country

    Apr 22, 2015

    by Greg Harrison, CMO, Playworld

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  • Grant Winners Announced at the 2015 Play Conference

    Apr 09, 2015

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  • Help us ADVANCE PLAY by participating in the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play!

    Jun 18, 2014

    You have until September 30, 2014 to submit your presentation proposal to the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play. This conference is an opportunity to share how you are implementing innovative strategies to engage your community in play. We also seek research that illuminates the diverse benefits of play including social, emotional, and cognitive well-being.

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  • Celebrating the 2014 Conference on the Value of Play!

    May 15, 2014

    Celebrating the 2014 Conference on the Value of Play!

    The 2014 Conference on the Value of Play was a tremendous success. Together we networked, learned, and PLAYed! Below we are happy to share with you a picture journal of our time together, and we would like to say a special thanks to Christopher Phillips, our 2014 Conference photographer for providing these photos.

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  • First ever white paper publication from the US Play Coalition available NOW: "A Research-Based Case for Recess" written by Olga S. Jarrett

    Nov 08, 2013

    We are excited to announce a new white paper from the US Play Coalition: "A Research-Based Case for Recess" written by Olga S. Jarrett, a 2011 Conference Presenter and Research Seed Grant recipient.

    The white paper presents decades of research on the value of recess to academic performance, physical fitness, and social competency. The paper also documents inequality in who has the opportunity to participate in recess. Policy recommendations and statements by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals are summarized on page three, and the document closes with an examination of recess policy in the present and to the future.

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  • Call for 2014 Conference on the Value of Play Presentation Proposals

    Aug 05, 2013

    Keynote and Featured Speakers from 2013 Play Conference

    Be a part of an international, peer-reviewed conference!

    The US Play Coalition 2014 Conference on the Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity will take place February 16-19 at the Madren Center adjacent to Clemson's campus, and all are invited to submit presentation proposals to the conference.

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  • Webepisodes of 2013 Conference on the Value of Play keynote and featured speakers available NOW!

    May 02, 2013

    Keynote and Featured Speakers from 2013 Play Conference

    This year, we are excited to offer webisodes of many of our keynote and featured speakers from the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play. Each video is approximately 45 minutes long and the topics are presented by leaders in the field.

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  • "Play Time" exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art - May 22 to September 6 - The contemporary art show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

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  • Playground Maintenance Training in Tukwila, Washington - October 21 to October 22 - The Playground Maintenance Certificate of Completion Program is an affordable, entry-level program to provide the knowledge required to perform regular inspections of play spaces. The two-day multimedia training program delivers practical information through print resources, presentations, and hands-on training. At the conclusion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion which serves as evidence of their newly acquired skill and knowledge. Email pmt@clemson.edu for details.

    2016 Play Conference - April 3, 2016 to April 6, 2016 - Mark your calendars because you will NOT want to miss this!! After five years, the Conference on the Value of Play is getting a reboot! Starting with a change in dates – because April showers are way more fun than power outages and sleet – there are BIG PLANS for the 6th Annual Play Conference. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked because spring has sprung – and so have we! More details to come!