• 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.  We are offering a streamlined reboot of the 2020 Online Play Conference through December 15, 2020.

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 from 8:45am-4:45pm (Eastern) Presented LIVE on Zoom 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… Read More

From The Playground

October #WePlayChat: Growing Empathy Through Nature-Based Play

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Join us on Twitter Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for the next installment of our monthly #WePlayChat.  We are honored to welcome Daniel W. Hatcher to the main stage to discuss the topic, “Growing Empathy Through Nature-Based Play.” Daniel W. Hatcher is the Director of Community Partnerships at the Alliance For A Healthier Generation where he has served since 2008. At Healthier Generation, Daniel oversees out-of-school time partnerships and manages technical assistance services… 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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