• 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL

  • 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL

  • 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL

  • 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on the
    Value of Play: PLAY IS SURVIVAL

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 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on  the Value of Play kicks off this spring!  This conference format, in response to the continued concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, features LIVE headliners, dozens of recorded educational and research presentations and weekly networking events – all online from April 1 through June 30, 2021.

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.

SAVE THE DATES!! 2022 Conference on the Value of Play will be April 2-6, 2022, in Clemson, SC.

News & Press Releases

Inaugural Health & PLAY Institute to Launch at the 2021 Virtual Play Conference

Weekly LIVE Webinar Series, April 5 – May 10 Mondays at 5:30pm EST/2:30pm PST plus Recordings ON DEMAND through June 30 Eligible for up to (6) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The inaugural Health and PLAY Online Institute is a webinar series featuring leading healthcare professionals and researchers from across the country.  Sessions are presented LIVE with replay recordings of each available soon after (Recordings will be online through June 30). The institute is the… Read More

From The Playground

Power PLAYer Panel Kicks Off
2021 VIRTUAL Play Conference

Power PLAYer Panel: PLAY IS SURVIVAL Available ON DEMAND through June 30 (Registered conference attendees can access the recording through session through our conference attendee hub.) Thought leaders and game changers come together for our kickoff keynote session – the“Power PLAYer Panel,” tackling the 2021 conference theme of “PLAY IS SURVIVAL,” particularly as it relates to issues of access, equity and inclusion.  This is a discussion NOT to be missed! Laura Huerta Migus (moderator) is… 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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