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The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future.
The American Association of the Child’s Right to Play (IPAUSA) protects, preserves, and promotes play as a fundamental right for all humans. Specific interests include environments for play emphasizing universal access, leisure time facilities, programs that develop the whole child, play leadership training, toys, and play materials.
An interdisciplinary quarterly of The Strong, the American Journal of Play® is a forum for discussing the history, science, and culture of play. 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 Association for the Study of Play (TASP) is the premier professional organization in academia dedicated to interdisciplinary research and theory construction concerning play throughout the world. The Association’s broad multidisciplinary focus includes the fields of anthropology, biology, communication studies, cultural studies, dance, ecology, education, ethology, folklore, history, kinesiology, leisure studies, musicology, philosophy, psychology, recreation, sociology, and the arts.
The Association of Children's Museums builds the capacity of children's museums to serve as town squares for children and families where play inspires creativity and lifelong learning.
Boundless Playgrounds builds truly inclusive playgrounds where children — and adults — of all abilities can play and learn together in a fun and welcoming environment.
Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) – The only non-hobby toy and game fair open to public in USA that attracts families, educators, hobbyists, inventors, industry and media. An opportunity to see what products consumers are interested in before the holidays. Events for the public and for the industry. Held the weekend before Thanksgiving each year at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Children and Nature Network aims to give every child in every community a wide range of opportunities to experience nature directly, reconnecting our children with nature's joys and lessons, its profound physical and mental bounty.
DiscoverGames.com – The world’s largest co-op of board game inventors and sponsor of the Young Inventor Challenge for kids at ChiTAG
Games for Educators promotes the use of games in education.
The online trade magazine featuring new product information exclusively for gift, toy and children's retailers.
International Play Association is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961. It provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors. IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.
The INTERNATIONAL TOY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION is a non-profit international organization comprised of national toy library associations and direct international members. A toy library is a service that provides members with the opportunity for shared play and / or the loan of toys. Toy libraries often serve as a community resource, offering information, guidance and support to members in addition to the loan of toys.
The International Toy Research Association (ITRA) is an association, which was created in 1993 for the purpose of promoting, stimulating and encouraging toy and plaything research all over the world in order to broaden and spread knowledge about toys and promote the development of good toys for children.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children. Our mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, we envision a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.
The National Institute for Play believes that as play is woven into the fabric of social practices, we will dramatically transform our personal health, our relationships, the education we provide our children and the capacity of our corporations to innovate.
Project Play is a movement to inspire kids and their families to make unstructured play a priority.
Strong National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. The museum blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity).
The National Toy Hall of Fame®, established in 1998, recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations.