• 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    March 31-April 3, 2019

  • 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    March 31-April 3, 2019

  • 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    March 31-April 3, 2019

  • 10th Anniversary Conference
    2019 Conference on the Value of Play
    March 31-April 3, 2019

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE
2019 Conference on the Value of Play: Celebrating 10 Years and More!
March 31-April 3, 2019 at Clemson University in Clemson, SC

News & Press Releases

Outstanding Play Researcher and Practitioner Awards Announced at 2018 Play Conference

The U.S. Play Coalition is proud to introduce its 2018 PLAY award recipients, announced at the Celebration Gala of the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play.  Established in 2017, the awards program recognizes outstanding play researchers and youth practitioners.  The winners not only receive a physical award, but also have conference fees paid, hotel accommodations and up to $500 in travel to attend the Play Conference. The 2018 Joe L. Frost Award for Distinguished Research was… Read More

From The Playground

2018 Grant Winners Announced

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $52,000 in funding to date.   At the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play the new grant winners were announced.  The review process was challenging as we had a record number of outstanding submissions this year. Each year a $3,000 research seed grant is awarded to a researcher or group of researchers who present… Read More

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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.

  • Improving Children’s Health through Play

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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  • Research-Based Case for Recess

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  • Current Issue of
    PLAY Pulse

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