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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!

Keeping Kids Safe Outdoors as the World and Roads Reopen

View this important safety article from BankRate Insurance   https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/keeping-kids-safe-during-reopening/

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Porch Play Chats Recruitment and Article

International Play-Based Learning Community Gathering For Weekly Porch Play Chats. Read this article. https://beingmakers.org/international-play-based…/ Here is an article about our Porch Play Chats. We are currently recruiting for our October Porch Play Chat series. If you are an advocate for Play and would like to participate in a Porch Play Chat, email Deb at ipausa2019…

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Loose Parts Play in Good Times and Bad

View this fabulous resource from IPA World on using Loose Parts! loose parts play by ipa

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Play in Early Childhood: The Role of Play in Any Setting

Just released from the Developing Child at Harvard University a great resource and video on why play is so important.   Check it out through this link

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