July Update
July 2014
PlayinNewsSign the Petition to Save Play Wales!

The government of Wales has decided to stop its funding of Play Wales, and a movement is growing to ask Wales to reconsider this decision. Wales has been a positive example of a country that supports play through a national policy. In addition, funds for Play Wales have enabled representatives to serve as advisors and advocates. The cutback in funds sends a negative message for people in all countries who are struggling for recognition of the value of play. Funds run out on September 30 and staff members have received notices of their jobs ending. Now is the critical time for action to restore the funding. Please take a minute to sign the petition here.

Pogo Playing in the Bay Area

Alliance Director of Programs Joan Almon recently spent time with play enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spoke at a conference on play at Stanford University sponsored by its Bing Preschool and Institute. A spirited group of 500 educators, parents, and others attended. 


Another high point of the trip was a visit to the Pogo Park project in the Iron Triangle in Richmond, one of the Bay Area's poorest neighborhoods. Toody Maher and her fantastic team are invigorating neighborhoods with play at their heart. They recently won a Google award for their outstanding work.



EventsUpcoming Events

* On Saturday, September 13, the second annual Sacramento Play Summit will take place. This is being presented by Fairytown in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library. Read more here.

* The International Council for Children's Play will hold its 27th international World Play Conference on February 1-3, 2015 in Brussels. Deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30.

* The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play will take place February 15-18. Sponsored by the U.S. Play Coalition, it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. Session proposals are now being accepted, with a deadline of September 17.

* The Association of Children's Museums' InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families will take place May 13-15. It will be hosted by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Session proposals are now being accepted. The deadline is August 1.

DonateThe Alliance Has Almost Reached its Spring Fundraising Goal!

We want to express heartfelt thanks to those who contributed to the Alliance's spring/summer fundraising appeal. We are just $707 short of our goal. Will you help by making a donation today? By doing so you will be supporting our efforts to protect and preserve childhood. Thank you! Please click here to make a donation.

RecentArticlesRecent Videos, Articles, and Publications

* The International Play Association has created a wonderful 3-minute video entitled "This Is Me: Article 31 and a Child's Right to Play."

* Take a look at adventure playgrounds in Germany in this delightful video called "Playing for Life."

Remember! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page  (http://allianceforchildhood.org/publications) is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

We invite you to keep up with media coverage of issues affecting children by visiting our Facebook page regularly. You'll find many interesting articles from around the country and the world.

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