• 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

US Play Coalition partners with Nickelodeon on the Road to the Worldwide Day of Play

Nickelodeon is inspiring kids to embrace the transformative power of play and lead active lifestyles with its annual Worldwide Day of Play.  The US Play Coalition continues to be a partner with Nickelodeon for this important and FUN-omenal endeavor! Again this year, the US Play Coalition helped to craft the new Worldwide Day of Play Playbook.  This resource guide demonstrates how kids can amplify their voices in programming and how adults can put those ideas to… Read More

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.

  • 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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  • Current Issue of
    PLAY Pulse

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