Alliance for Childhood
The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. The organization takes a keen interest in research on the current state of child-initiated play in early education and on ways that educators can encourage and restore play.
International Association for the Child’s Right to Play
IPA is dedicated to the improvement of childrens lives. Recognized by UNESCO, ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), and UNICEF, this non-governmental organization has established a Declaration of the Child’s Right to Play stating that the child has a right to leisure, play, and participation in cultural and artistic activities.
International Council for Children’s Play
ICCP is a volunteer association founded in 1959 to promote research on play and toys in various countries and to exchange research findings. The Association also promotes the understanding of play and toys, organizes campaigns to ensure the child’s right to play, advocates the raising of standards of toys, and informs the public about good toys and their value in child development.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Celebrating twelve years of service in 2008, we rally communities to achieve better public policy, funding and public awareness for increased play opportunities nationwide; provide resources, including trainings, challenge grants, and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own; and bring together children, business and community interests for a select number of community playspace builds each year. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo.
Play Wales is a national charity for children’s play that focuses on raising awareness of the need and right to play and provides advice and guidance to those with an interest in or responsibility for providing play opportunities.
Playwork Partnerships, part of the University of Gloucestershire is dedicated to enriching children and young people’s lives, by supporting their wellbeing through play including the creation of learning programs.
The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. It carries out this mission through five programmatic arms called “Play Partners.” These are the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and the American Journal of Play.
Independent and not-for-profit, The Strong is situated in Rochester, New York, where it houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. These enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play across the lifespan and consists of an international network of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. The diverse membership includes educators, parents, physicians, health scientists, park and recreation professionals, psychologists, and landscape architects.
The American Journal of Play is a forum for discussing the history, culture, and psychology of play. An interdisciplinary quarterly of The Strong, the Journal aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.
The International Journal of Play
The International Journal of Play is an inter-disciplinary publication focusing on all facets of play. It aims to provide an international forum for mono- and multi-disciplinary papers and scholarly debate on all aspects of play theory, policy and practice from across the globe and across the lifespan, and in all kinds of cultural settings, institutions and communities. The journal will be of interest to anthropologists, educationalists, folklorists, historians, linguists, philosophers, play workers, psychologists, sociologists, therapists and zoologists.
Playwork originated in the adventure playgrounds to provide children’s spaces within urban environments, and Playwork practice is currently used by professionals working with children in an extensive range of international settings such as parks and prisons. Journal of Playwork Practice advances playwork research and practice by providing an interdisciplinary platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice.