The USA Affiliate
of the
International Play Association





Within the United States, 40% of schools do not provide our children with recess. Parents and people who care about children need to advocate for those too young to do so on their own.

The United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) states in Article 7, paragraph 3 that “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;" In 1990, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention of Rights of the Child.

Among the many important rights of the child recognized by the convention includes Article 31. “The right 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."


Recess concerns

What else can we do?


The more informed you are, the better prepared you will be to advocate. Speaking up for our children is something we all can do. Contact us for more information!