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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!

Great News from Illinois – Recess Bill Passed

MEDIA ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2021 ILLINOIS PASSES LANDMARK RECESS BILL PROTECTING KIDS’ RIGHT TO PLAY Illinois Families for Public Schools’ Advocacy Succeeds with One of Strongest Bills in U.S.   SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois students in grades K-5 may have 30 protected minutes of recess starting this fall thanks to the hard…

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IPA USA Town Hall “Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right”: The role of technology in the early childhood classroom and a conversation of the changes to the NAEYC Principles of Child Development.

On May 11, 2021, IPA USA hosted a Town Hall. I invite you to view the Town Hall and continue the conversation by responding to the questions within the Town Hall resources. The American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play, IPA USA, invites you to a Town Hall Virtual Meeting. In the song My…

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Oklahoma Passes the Play to Learn Act Signed into Law

If interested in having a zoom conference call to discuss how your state can advocate for a similar bill, email Deb at ipausa2019user@gmail.com   In the subject line, put HB 1569 In a press release by Representative Jacob Rosecrants from Oklahoma, the following announcement was made.  Congratulations Oklahoma on making play a part of each child’s…

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Less Screen, More Green: Outdoor Safety Tips for Kids

Click on this link to download this useful resource for playing outside and limiting use of screens.   https://www.safety.com/family/outdoor-safety-tips-for-kids/

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