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

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 17, 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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  • Teaching kids healthy habits: Program that started in Milwaukee, now takes place at every Major League ball park

    Jul 25, 2014

    A program that began at Miller Park in Milwaukee for kids is now held at every major league baseball field. PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) aims to make living a healthy lifestyle a priority for young people. Staff members create activity stations that teach kids about healthy living, nutritional values, and the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

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  • Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces

    Jul 23, 2014

    Read the Q&A session with Margaret Middleton, an exhibit designer at the Boston Children's Museum, about designing playful learning spaces.

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  • What playfulness can do for you

    Jul 22, 2014

    The subject of playfulness has been researched for quite some time. A recent study shows that people who display high levels of playfulness seem to be better at dealing with stress, more likely to have active lifestyles, and succeed academically. However, researchers are still confused as to what playfulness actually is or how to define it.

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  • At this hospital, kids play while being treated

    Jul 21, 2014

    Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society General Hospital (India) has recently added additional toy rooms and play areas for the children of the pediatric ward. Volunteers of the hospital say, "It is important that children of a specific age play certain kind of games and toys that suit their mental abilities."

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  • Most children 'play outside for less than an hour a day’

    Jul 18, 2014

    A recent study has found that most children only play outside for less than an hour per day. This finding stems from the fact that simple outdoor pleasures have been replaced by televisions and computers.

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  • The Re-imagine Learning Challenge - April 10 to September 17 - "As part of a three-year partnership with Ashoka, the LEGO Foundation has pledged more than $200,000 to challenge prizes alone. Enter today and help us learn about your vision for education in the 21st century!"

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  • OUT IS IN, Park & Recreation Month 2014 - July 1 to July 31 - Lets make 2014 the year we get OUTside! Help celebrate National Parks and Recreation month this July, by changing your OUTlook and getting INvolved in your community through parks and recreation!

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  • Playful Adventure at Capon: enjoying the freedom of outdoors! - September 1 to September 4 - Capon Springs and Farms (West Virginia) will be hosting a play theme getaway on September 1-4. The Play Lady, Pat Rumbaugh, will be leading activities throughout the event.

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  • Ontario Physical Literacy Summit 2014 - September 26 to September 27 - The 2014 Ontario Physical Literacy Summit will be held September 26-27, 2014 at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada).

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