• 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

  • 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

  • 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

  • 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

Annual Conference on the VALUE of Play

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition.

We are thrilled to announce the FIRST EVER ONLINE 2020 Conference on  the Value of Play! This new play conference format is in response to the rapid pace of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

News & Press Releases

“PLAY and Early Childhood” ONLINE Institute Scheduled for October 3

Saturday, October 3, 2020 Presented LIVE on Zoom from 8:45am-4:45pm The US Play Coalition and the Institute for Child Success are thrilled to present the “PLAY and Early Childhood” ONLINE Institute, a unique early childhood professional development program.  The institute includes 6 workshops in one amazing, full-day training aimed at early childhood educators and caregivers. Chaired and moderated by Dee Stegelin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Clemson University, the “PLAY and Early Childhood” Institute highlights a variety… Read More

From The Playground

September #WePlayChat: Finding Clarity In Play

Join us on Twitter Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for the next installment of our monthly #WePlayChat.  We are honored to welcome Dr. Angela Novak to the main stage for a conversation on “Finding Clarity in Play.” This #WePlayChat will also shed light on equity, giftedness, creativity, and social/emotional learning within the context of play. Angela Novak, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and AIG Coordinator at East Carolina University. She teaches undergraduate and… Read More

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded more than $60,000 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 (2019)

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  • Improving Children’s Health through Play (2018)

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education (2015)

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  • PLAY Pulse

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