• 2018 Conference on the Value of Play:
    The Many Faces of Play - April 8-11, 2018

  • 2018 Conference on the Value of Play:
    The Many Faces of Play - April 8-11, 2018

  • 2018 Conference on the Value of Play:
    The Many Faces of Play - April 8-11, 2018

  • 2018 Conference on the Value of Play:
    The Many Faces of Play - April 8-11, 2018

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. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation 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.

The 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play
will be April 8-11, 2018 at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

News & Press Releases

Chief Playmaker and Founder of The Life is Good Kids Foundation to Keynote the 2018 Play Conference

The US Play Coalition is thrilled to announce that Steve Gross will be the first keynote speaker for the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play, April 8-11, at Clemson University. Steve Gross is the Founder and Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. He is a pioneer in utilizing playful engagement and meaningful relationships to overcome the devastating impact of early childhood trauma. Steve’s 2018 keynote presentation is titled “Spreading… Read More

From The Playground

October #WePlayChat: “Play and Millennials”

Join us Thursday, October 26 at 12:00pm EST/ 11:00am CST as we welcome co-moderator Dr. Heather Von Bank from Minnesota State University-Mankato to our #WePlayChat on “Play and Millennials.” Dr. Heather Von Bank is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science at Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Her area of expertise is Child Development and Family Studies. Dr. Von Bank received her PhD. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational. She is currently the FCS Department Chairperson and… Read More

  • Community Visibility

  • Play Ambassador

  • Available Grants

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $47,000 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.

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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