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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  • 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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  • Where The Wild Things Play

    Aug 13, 2014

    Berkeley Adventure Playground allows kids to engage in free, unstructured play. Located in San Francisco, California, the playground offers a wide variety of tools for kids to play with and let their imaginations run wild.

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  • Quiz: Find Your Happy Place

    Aug 13, 2014

    Take this short quiz to find out what "play vitamins" are missing from your life.

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  • When Kids Start Playing To Win

    Aug 07, 2014

    For kids, competition can actually be a good thing. Competition teaches them how to control failures they may face and how to learn from them.

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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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  • 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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  • Worldwide Day of Play - September 20 - Nickelodeon, a television network for children, celebrates Worldwide Day of Play by going off the air for three hours in order to encourage kids to go outside and play.

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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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