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    The Play Conference 2016 April 3-6, Clemson, SC

  • rebooting-play-logo

    The Play Conference 2016 April 3-6, Clemson, SC

  • rebooting-play-logo

    The Play Conference 2016 April 3-6, Clemson, SC

  • rebooting-play-logo

    The Play Conference 2016 April 3-6, Clemson, SC

bounceThe Play 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, 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.

This year we hosted The Play Conference 2016: Rebooting Play where hundreds of PLAY leaders, workers, advocates, students, volunteers and enthusiasts from across the GLOBE convened in Clemson, South Carolina for an INCREDIBLE conference on the value of PLAY! Keynotes by Lenore Skenazy and Rue Mapp; PLAYtalks by Peter Gray, Jean Margaret Smith of Nickelodeon, and filmmaker Justin Bogardus; nine featured presentations; 11 ROUNDtable topics, 15 poster presentations and over 70 educational sessions…NOT TO MENTION HOURS OF PLAY! We have rebooted the way WE are thinking about play and we are ready to bring it back to our respective communities. Here is just a glimpse of the highlights. Get ready for Play Conference 2017, April 2-5, 2017!

 

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.

Playground Maintenance Training

The Playground Maintenance Certificate of Completion Program is a two-day, affordable, entry-level program to provide the knowledge required to perform regular inspections of play spaces.

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.

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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 MORE than Play…it could be a $50 gift card to your favorite toy store!

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The next #WePlayChat on Twitter will be on Wednesday, May 18 at 2:00pm EST.  Our partner Genius of Play will be our first guest moderator for the chat on “It’s MORE than Play!”  Plus one lucky #WePlayChat participant will win a $50 gift card to his or her favorite toy store! According to Genius of Play’s Anna Yudina, they are “very excited to be the first ever #WePlayChat guest moderator! Our mission is to raise awareness about the… 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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