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Promoting the Child's Right to Play Founded in 1973, The American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play became…

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How would you like to Connect with IPA? There are many ways to connect with or participate in the IPA/USA…

RECESS

The Importance of Recess Research and Advocacy There is a misconception in our society that recess does not serve any…

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If you believe that: • Play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education, is vital for…

Advocacy

Why is Advocating for Play so Important? Alarming Trends Affecting Childhood IPA USA is deeply concerned by many alarming trends…

UN Convention on the Rights of Children

WHAT IS IT? The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political,…

What Is Play?

What is Play?   Play is the work of childhood. Play is a biologically driven. There are many types of play.…

Advocacy

Why is Advocating for Play so Important? Alarming Trends Affecting Childhood IPA USA is deeply concerned by many alarming trends…

GRANTS

MINI GRANT OPPORTUNITY To be eligible for a grant, you must be a current member of IPA USA The USA…

What We Do

IPA-USA carries forth the mission of its parent organization, IPA World. To accomplish the Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles, IPA-USA…

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Membership

If you believe that: • Play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education, is vital for the development of the potential of all children;• Family participation needs to be strengthened by support systems such as play leadership;• Environments and programs to meet children’s real needs should be created. If you are…

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Wear Your Support!

Ready to take your support for play offline and out into the world?  Working in partnership with TreeandBack, a small business with a like-minded mission to get kids outdoors and engaged in play, our Social Media, Outreach, and Advocacy committee has created a T-shirt, “Trees Over Screens”.                …

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State Play Advocates

How does IPA/USA advocate for play across the nation? By having advocates like you at the local level. Not all support for this cause is monetary – sometimes the most important donation you can make is your time. We are in the process of expanding this network and would love your participation. Please feel free…

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Donate and Help Support Play

Your support can make all the difference in a child’s day. IPA-USA is a 501(c)(3), and your donation is tax-deductible.

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Play Talk

Articles and Discussions around the importance of Play. Members can find more in our Play Blast and eJournals!

Children should be having fun with friends, instead of extra lessons to catch them up, say experts in the United Kingdom. Please listen U.S.

“ Experts in child development are calling on the government to support a “summer of play” to help pupils in England recover from the stress of lockdown and a year of Covid upheaval. Call for ‘summer of play’ to help English pupils recover from Covid-19 stress Exclusive: children should be having fun with friends instead of…

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Playground or panopticon?

This article in this link discusses the importance of playground design. Playground design reflects the workforce we hope to create. You can find this article at this link Playground or panopticon?

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Porch Play Chat with Shepherd Siegel on Disruptive Play and the Role of the Trickster

Porch Play Chats are conversations with experts regarding topics related to play. Sponsored by the American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play or more affectionately known as IPA USA. Porch Play Chats bring nuggets of information to help you incorporate more play into children’s day. To learn more about IPA USA, visit our…

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After 100 Years of the Same Teaching Model It’s Time to Throw Out the Playbook

Click on this article to see why the Industrial Model of Education is not the appropriate model for the 21st Century. After 100 Years of the Same Teaching Model It’s Time to Throw Out the Playbook

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