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Bernie DeKoven - Playground Professionals News Columnist
Playground Professionals is pleased to introduce the newest columnist to join our team of contributors - Bernie DeKoven! He is a highly sought-out expert on PLAY and will be speaking at Sandbox Summit 2015, held March 23 and 24 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You will want to keep up with Bernie as he gives his thoughts...On Playfulness!
2014 Global Cardboard Challenge Video Contest
The results of the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge Video Contest are in! Thanks to all the talented folks who jumped behind their cameras to capture the creativity and magic of the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge.
Voice of Play Board of Advisor, Dr. Joe Frost
The Voice of Play Board of Advisors, comprised of industry experts, supports IPEMA’s efforts to increase the quality and quantity of children’s play and playgrounds. Dr. Joe Frost, or otherwise known as the contemporary father of play advocacy, is recognized around the world for his work in children’s play and play environments.
Dr Stuart L Brown - Voice of Play advisor
The Voice of Play Board of Advisors, comprised of industry experts, supports IPEMA’s efforts to increase the quality and quantity of children’s play and playgrounds. Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, joined the team of industry experts in 2011.
SHAPE America - SPEAK Out! Day
Advocacy in support of school health and physical education is vital to the future of the profession as well as to the millions of school age children across the country. Please join us for the 2015 SPEAK Out! Day, SHAPE America's annual member lobby event in Washington, DC.
Voice of Play - International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
IPEMA would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for play and the opportunities it provides!
US Play Coalition conference
The theme of the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play is Advancing Play. It will be held February 15-18, 2015 at the Madren Center, Clemson, South Carolina.
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
The IPEMA membership and board met this week in New Orleans, in conjunction with the ASTM meetings held there.
ASTM International
IPEMA is holding its Annual Membership Meeting during ASTM committee week (November 9-14) in New Orleans, Louisiana.
At an event last month, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi underscored that the private sector has taken major steps to reduce obesity in the U.S. “Industry has done a very good job taking out more calories than we expected to take out,” she said, “I think the time has come for people to applaud industry for the progress made.”
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
IPEMA had a busy, but successful, time at the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress from October 14-16.
Watch out, Silicon Valley. Our generation’s next tech hub might be in a much windier city. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has partnered with Code.org (a computer science education nonprofit) to help bring computer science classes to every public school in the city, from kindergarten to high school.
President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores “critical supports and services” children need to succeed and discourages “schools from providing a rich...
IPEMA Launches New Voice of Play Website and Brand Refresh
October was an exciting month for IPEMA! We launched a new website and brand refresh for the Voice of Play, our long-standing education and advocacy initiative to promote the value and benefits of free, outdoor play. The new website includes a cleaner, simplified look with fresh, rich content.
Why are some cities turning into "kid deserts"?
There’s something odd happening in many big American cities. They’re becoming “kid deserts.” A new divide is emerging, between kid-friendly cities and cities of single adults, which could mean bad things for urban economies.
Project Fit America
Two separate celebration events will be held next week to recognize a pair of elementary schools that are the first in Oklahoma to be awarded physical fitness grants. On Tuesday, Dewey Elementary School and Jane Phillips Elementary School in Bartlesville will welcome a variety of dignitaries to commemorate their selection to participate in the...
Project Fit America, STRIVE award sponsored by AIG
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) thanks AIG for presenting the 2014 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award. This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health and safety within their...
Studies have shown that it helps, top education officials have recommended it, and now doctors are officially saying the same. On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement recommending that middle and high schools delay the start of class until after 8:30 a.m. About 40 percent of high schools in the country start...
School gardens and ecological schoolyards improve children’s well-being and provide vibrant environments for hands-on education, recreation and community building. Sharon Gamson Danks
While students were enjoying their summer vacation this year, the movement to green school grounds and connect children with nature took an important leap forward with the adoption of a new California state resolution that encourages school districts to design and construct schoolyard green spaces and use them to teach academic curricula outdoors...
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A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and,...

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