The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play
 
February 15-18, 2015, Clemson University
Conference Info Early Bird Registration Location & Lodging Sponsors & Sponsor Opportunities Schedule at a Glance

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.

Listen to "Come Play With Me" by Suzanne Sherman Propp:

Eureka! Play report: Play for Today

Oct 29, 2014

During the summer of 2014 we carried out a survey of contemporary trends in play, seeking responses from more than 2,500 adults and children in order to obtain a balanced perspective. The results, published in our report “Play for today“, demonstrate considerable changes in the landscape of play from one generation to the next, and highlight parental anxieties that reflect the economic and risk-averse nature of contemporary society.

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  • The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K

    Oct 29, 2014

    A great read in the New York Times Op-Ed. "We do not need to pick between play and academic rigor."

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  • For Family- Friendly Cities, Build Play Beyond the Playground

    Oct 24, 2014

    Let's make play a part of our everyday routine! Playtime can be ALL the time!

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  • Passionate Instigator and Dynamic Problem Solver Dr. Kevin to Present Keynote Address: “Managing the Gift of ADD/HD Through Play And Creativity”

    Oct 08, 2014

    Dr. Kevin, known for viewing ADD/HD as a "gift" that is "here to broaden the bandwidth of humanity" will be the keynote speaker for the US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play. The 5th annual conference is scheduled for February 15-18, 2015, at the Madren Center at Clemson University.

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  • Renowned Psychologist Peter Gray Latest Addition to the Keynote Lineup at 2015 Conference on The Value of Play

    Oct 08, 2014

    Dr. Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College and author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook, will give a keynote presentation entitled, "What Exactly Is Play and Why Is It Such a Powerful Vehicle for Learning?"

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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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