• 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

  • 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets Play - April 2-5, 2017

2017-conf-promo-collageAnnual Conference on the VALUE of Play

The Play Conference is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play is presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The event includes keynote and featured speakers, PLAYtalks and PLAYinstitutes, roundtables, research and educational sessions, grant opportunities, networking, EPIC play breaks and more.

 

News & Press Releases

Inaugural Researcher and Practitioner Awards Announced at 2017 Play Conference

The U.S. Play Coalition established an awards program recognizing outstanding play research and youth practitioners at the 2017 Conference on the Value of Play.  This new awards program will honor exceptional individuals each year.  The winners will 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 inaugural Joe L. Frost Award for Distinguished Research was presented to its namesake –… Read More

From The Playground

2017 Grant Winners Announced

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $47,000 in funding to date.   At the 2017 Conference on the Value of Play: Where Design Meets 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 empirical research… Read More

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  • 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.

  • Research-Based Case for Recess

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education

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