The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play
in partnership with IPA/USA
February 15-18, 2015, Clemson University
Schedule at a Glance Full Conference Program Play Pulse White Paper on Play in Education

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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Jan 21, 2015

The Play Conference is ONE MONTH AWAY!! And now the Speaker Schedule is online with close to 100 presentations as well as numerous opportunities to play, network, and collaborate. It is a gathering not to be missed!

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  • Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’

    Jan 19, 2015

    “Childhood should be a time of freedom and play, not building a résumé for college.” Dr. Peter Gray, one of our keynote speakers for the 2015 Play Conference, was quoted heavily in this NY Times blog.

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  • An ABC of General Sessions for the 2015 Play Conference

    Jan 09, 2015

    The full detailed schedule is coming soon…but until then, below is an alphabetical list of the General Sessions planned for the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play. Be sure to REGISTER TODAY because this PLAYful conference is just a month away!

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  • Fighting for Free Play

    Nov 21, 2014

    It seems a tug-of-war is going on in Canada. On one side are those who, in the name of safety and reducing liability, want to mandate the risk right out of childhood activities and free play time. On the other side are those who believe free play and safe risk-taking are vital to healthy childhood development.

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  • A Playful Halloween

    Nov 06, 2014

    Pat the Play lady shares PLAYful treats this Halloween!

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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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  • The 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites - March 29 to April 2 - "GWS2015 is your place to engage with colleagues who share your commitment to excellence ... to educate yourself about the latest trends and ideas ... to raise expectations for yourself and your career!" This event will be held in Oakland, California on March 29–April 2, 2015.

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  • Children & Nature Network Conference 2015 - April 7 to April 9 - Join leaders from around the world to hear what others are doing to create nature-rich communities that are so critical to the health and wellbeing of children and families. Learn about the latest research and policies, hear from leading health and urban planning experts, and discover innovations in technology that bring new audiences to nature. You don’t want to miss this ground-breaking conference.

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  • Kids to Parks Day 2015 - May 16 - Children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks are gearing up for this year’s Kids to Parks Day (KTP), a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators. This year’s KTP Day will be held on Saturday May 16, 2015, the week before the official start of summer. NPT is encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

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