• 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

  • 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

  • 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

  • 2020 Conference on the Value of Play
    PLAY FOR ALL - March 29-April 1, 2020

Annual Conference on the VALUE of Play

Mark Your Calendars and Plan to Join Us!
2020 Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL
March 29-April 1, 2020 in Clemson, South Carolina

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event includes keynote and featured speakers, round tables on critical issues and trends, research symposium for academics, educational sessions for practitioners, action and research grant opportunities, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

News & Press Releases

New, Updated “A Research-Based Case for Recess” is Now Available

A new, updated position paper “A Research-Based Case for Recess” is now available as a free download.  This paper made its first appearance in 2013 as something of a review of literature by Olga Jarrett, Ph.D.  Since then the paper has been used by play advocates across the country to support recess in schools and recess legislation at the state level. Six years later, a new version was needed to reflect the changing landscape of… Read More

From The Playground

2019 Summer PLAY Reading Review

This summer we are featuring some great PLAY resources for your Summer Reading List! PLAY is important no matter what season it is…so NO SUMMER LEARNING LOSS here! Check out this summer’s PLAY reading recommendations that include books on outdoor play, loose parts play, education and play, the brain and play, and inclusive play:   Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, by Angela Hanscom According to Heather… Read More

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Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $52,000 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.

  • Improving Children’s Health through Play

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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  • Research-Based Case for Recess

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    PLAY Pulse

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