• 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

playing with boxes from Pat RumbaughAnnual Conference on the VALUE of Play

The Play Conference is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play is presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The event includes keynote and featured speakers, roundtables, educational sessions, grant opportunities, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

 

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.

Play Facilitator Training

Play Facilitator Certificate of Completion training is an online introductory course that will help you incorporate play through two facilitation roles: supporting and directing.  It is designed to meet the needs of seasonal, part-time, and temporary workers at camps, playgrounds, and after-school programs. The program is also beneficial as a training tool for full-time staff that work with and lead those individuals.

  • Community Visibility

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  • Play Ambassador

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  • Available Grants

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News & Press Releases

2016 Grant Winners Announced

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Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $41,000 in funding to date.   At The Play Conference 2016: Rebooting Play the new grant winners were announced.  The review process was challenging as we had a record number of outstanding submissions this year. Each year a $3,000 research seed grant is awarded to researchers who present empirical research at The Play Conference to support new, innovative and thoughtful work… Read More

From The Playground

Next #WePlayChat is Inspired by the Summer Olympics – Sport and Play

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The next #WePlayChat on Twitter is Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00pm EST. On the eve of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we’ll be taking a close look at the relationship between sport and play. Founder of the modern Olympic Games Pierre de Coubertin famously said: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” But if the most… Read More

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $41,000 in funding to date.  Through competitive funding opportunities, we offer both Action and Research Grants to playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement.

  • Research-Based Case for Recess

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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