• 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.

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

VIDEO: Schools Re-Opening? Why it Will be More Important Than Ever to Create a Play-Full Recess

The Global Recess Alliance (GRA) is a newly-formed international collective of health and educational leaders that has provided evidence to suggest a quality recess is an essential component of an educational approach that considers the whole child. Given this, the GRA is urging school administrators to consider recess a critical priority as schools begin to reopen. As schools reopen, a supportive school recess can guide both students and teachers back from months of interrupted routines,… Read More

From The Playground

VIDEO: A Tale of Two School Superintendents – A Conversation with Michael Hynes & Danny Merck

Keynote speaker Michael Hynes treated a small group of school administrators and leaders to a witness an honest conversation with fellow school superintended Danny Merck.  While Dr. Hynes oversees an urban New York school district of close to 6,000 students, Dr. Merck is superintendent in rural Pickens County, South Carolina, serving more than 16,000 students. School Administrators Round Table: A Conversation with Michael Hynes & Danny Merck Both passionate play and recess advocates influenced by… 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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  • PLAY Pulse

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