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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…

Membership

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!

Rusty Keeler on Risk Benefit Analysis Tips to Promote Risky Play

  Exchange EveryDay had a great spotlight on Rusty Keeler’s new book, Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes.   See below for some great tips on conducting a Risk-Benefit Analysis Risk-Benefit Analysis Tips September 22, 2020 – Exchange EveryDay It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to know…

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IPA USA Porch Play Chats with Mike Huber on Rough and Tumble Play

The newest Porch Play Chat with Mike Huber on Rough and Tumble Play was released this morning on your YouTube and Facebook pages.  You can visit our YouTube and Facebook pages by clicking on the icons in the upper right corner of the Website.

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National Geographic – Why your kid should be playing right now.

In this article Rebecca Renner interviews Katie Raspa, “People kind of forget that children are supposed to play,” Raspa says. “It helps them learn really critical skills like creativity, flexibility, and cooperation.” Raspa continues, ” Why kids need to play To read the whole article, view the link below. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/family/2020/09/letting-your-kids-act-like-animals-is-a-good-thing-coronavirus/#close With most playdates limited and…

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IPA USA Porch Play Chats with Kathy Fleming on Adventure Playgrounds

The newest Porch Play Chat with Kathy Fleming on Adventure Playgrounds was released this morning on your YouTube and Facebook pages.  You can visit our YouTube and Facebook pages by clicking on the icons in the upper right corner of the Website.

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