About Us

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…

Join IPA-USA and Advocate for Play

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!

Porch Play Chats- Play, Childhood, & Race with Nathaniel Bryan

Welcome to Porch Play Chats, sponsored by the American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play, or more affectionately called IPA USA. IPA USA is the USA Affiliate of the International Play Association. You can learn more about us by visiting our website, IPAUSA.org to join our advocacy efforts on promoting a child’s right…

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Porch Play Chats w/ Harrison Pinckney on Play, Childhood, & Race (1st)

Welcome to Porch Play Chats, sponsored by the American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play, or more affectionately called IPA USA. IPA USA is the USA Affiliate of the International Play Association. You can learn more about us by visiting our website, IPAUSA.org to join our advocacy efforts on promoting a child’s right…

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Porch Play Chat with Ross Thompson on Figuring out ways to say yes to big-body/rough-and-play/risky-play — “It doesn’t mean Wrestlemania on Monday morning.”

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, these Porch Play Chats bring nuggets of information to help you incorporate more play into children’s day. To learn more about IPA USA, visit…

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Porch Play Chat with Brad Roberts on the Play Opportunities for all Children with Disabilities

Just released is the Porch Play Chat with Brad Roberts on the importance of access to play for children with disabilities..  Click on the Youtube or Facebook icon on the top right of the page to see the latest Porch Play Chat. Brad has also provided a list of resources to help you find equipment…

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