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February 15-18, 2015, Clemson University
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What every child should do before the age of 12

    Sep 09, 2014

    ParticipACTION releases a ‘Play List’ to celebrate the second annual Longest Day of Play 

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  • Don't overengineer kids' spontaneous play, children's organizations say

    Sep 09, 2014

    ParticipACTION gives a list of unstructured play activities. Unstructured play is just as important as structured play!

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  • Play Coalition Co-Chair Fran Mainella serves on Expert Panel for "Best & Worst Cities for Recreation"

    Sep 04, 2014

    In an effort to educate Americans on the value of an active lifestyle and the importance of public open spaces in their communities and finances, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities and highlighted those with the most diverse opportunities for recreation, sports and culture.

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  • Best type of play? Let kids do what they want

    Aug 15, 2014

    When considering the best type of play for kids, free play is the answer. Free play is when kids are allowed to do what they want with whatever materials are available to them. Experts say that engaging in this type of play strengthens brain development.

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  • Getting the most out of child’s play

    Aug 14, 2014

    Children who are active in outdoor play live overall healthier lives. According to the Michigan Sate University Extension, this kind of engagement creates immunity towards colds and the flu, along with better social and motor skills.

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  • International Walk to School Day - October 8

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  • 3rd Global Conference: Play - November 1 to November 3 - Saturday 1st November – Monday 3rd November 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

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  • US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play - February 15, 2015 to February 18, 2015 - 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 physical, social, emotional, and cognitive well-being. Our goal is to bring these many perspectives together and to facilitate the development of new methods of advancing the play movement. Keynote speakers include Dr. Peter Gray and Dr. Kevin Ross Emery.

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  • Active Living Research 2015 Conference - February 22, 2015 to February 26, 2015 - Mark your calendars for February 22 - 26, 2015 and plan to join ALR in sunny San Diego. Check the ALR website for updated conference details. Look for the Call for Abstracts to be released May 2014.

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