Promoting the Child’s Right to Play
Founded in 1973, The American Association for Promoting the Child’s Right to Play became the USA Affiliate (IPA USA) of the International Play Association (IPAWORLD.ORG), an interdisciplinary non-governmental organization providing advocacy for the promotion of play opportunities.
IPA USA is part of a global network dedicated to promoting the child’s right to play. Our work is guided by Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). To fulfill this, IPA USA’s Board has developed a Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles that support our advocacy efforts.
Membership is open to any individual, group, or organization which endorses the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959), especially Article 7, paragraph 3, which states:
“The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities shall endeavor to promote the enjoyment of this right;”UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959), Article 7, Paragraph 3
IPA USA endorses its belief in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990).
1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.