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Providing you with tools to learn, develop, and advocate for play.

PlayCore’s Center for Professional Development assists communities advance the quality of play and recreation through the implementation of research, continuing education, best practice programs, community support, and advocacy. Committing resources to independent studies and research allows us to develop tools that optimize play and recreation from the planning stage to programming the space, in order to assure the highest quality environments that support health, life styles, and community engagement.

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Sign up to receive the Continuing Education Manual from PlayCore's Center for Professional Development, enabling you to review class options for gaining CEU credits, and build your course schedule.




Adina Cox, Ph.D., studies play during a research exercise at an outdoor play trail in Chattanooga, TN.

Working closely with renowned scholars, PlayCore funds, develops, and publishes research in a variety of relevant fields providing information that helps advocate for play and recreation in an array of settings.

Independent Research Studies

Play and Recreation Scholars and Researchers

National Demonstration Sites

White Papers and Briefings


          Programs & Publications

A physical education educator in Springfield, MO goes over the Play On! activity with her students during an observation case study.

PlayCore works with its research partners to create best practice design guides and activity programs that help bring focus to and maximize opportunities for play and recreation.

Best Practice Design Guidebooks

Standards Based Curriculum

Activity Programs

National Reports and Resources



          Continuing Education

PlayCore provides many courses approved for CEU credit by IACET and LA CES.

PlayCore provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from three accredited organizations, to infuse learning into interested communities. PlayCore also offers other training options to create learning opportunities that advance play and recreation.

Training Symposiums

Educational Forums

Online Webinars

Annual Conferences

LACES/IACET/AIA Continuing Education Units



         Advocacy & Consulting

PlayCore is experienced in utilizing partnerships to achieve community goals.

PlayCore capitalizes on its collective expertise and its partnership networks to customize resources that help mobilize play and recreation at the local, regional, and national level.

Design Charrettes

Master Planning

Community Engagement

Cooperative Partnerships


Thought Leadership Events





 PlayCore is pleased to be an approved CEU provider through:


PlayCore is an authorized education provider ofAIA, IACET and LA CES.

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