Thank you for your interest in becoming involved with the US PLAY Coalition. We invite organizations and individuals to join us in a national play coalition to promote the value of play in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults. In partnership with existing organizations and initiatives, we have begun to mobilize the following five committees:

  1. Coalition-building Committee: To ensure the greatest possible diversity of perspectives, knowledge, and experience among the coalition’s members.
  2. Research Committee: To review and synthesize the results of research on the effects of play and play deprivation on lifelong cognitive, physical, and affective development and on public health and other vital societal interests.
  3. Communications Committee: To develop strategies for informing the public and policymakers about the value of play and to inspire individuals and families to reap the benefits of more playful lives.
  4. Play Policy Committee: To advocate for practices, policies, and legislation in support of play, including changes in liability laws that unnecessarily restrict opportunities for healthy play.
  5. Playful Communities Committee: To establish national guidelines and other practical resources for healthy play and healthy communities.

If you recognize the value of play, want to learn more about its benefits, and are willing to help communicate with others about its importance, then you should join the U.S. Play Coalition. We welcome the involvement of individuals as well as nonprofit, for-profit, government, and faith-based organizations.

Membership is free, and simply requires a declaration of shared commitment to the value of play.

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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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  • 12th Active Living Research 2015 Annual Conference - February 22, 2015 - 12th Active Living Research Annual Conference will be held on February 22-25, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference agenda will include both research and practice/policy presentations. The deadline for abstract submissions is August 18th.

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