Outreach, Research & Education

At the CORE of impactful community outcomes

Sharing Knowledge & Turning Research Into Practice™

PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research & Education is unique. Our commitment is to be a trusted resource to help communities turn research into practice in order to positively impact play and recreation outcomes across every community.

Our mission and purpose is building healthy communities through play and recreation. Our passion is learning and collaborating with leaders and scholars to study play and recreation, and to share knowledge that positively advances diverse community needs.

Our Center for Outreach, Research, & Education is the CORE of PlayCore. 

We believe play and recreation are essential for a healthier, happier society and critical to improving the quality of life for diverse individuals, families, and communities. Play and creation transforms lives and builds healthy communities.


Sharing Knowledge & Turning Research Into Practice™

We invest in knowledge.

Partnering with an unequalled network of world-renowned scholars, we develop research that validates the value of play and recreation across a variety of disciplines and topics.

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We translate research with best practice resources.

Utilizing research findings, we provide a robust library of resources to help communities implement best practices for planning and design, curriculum and programming, advocacy, and community impact initiatives.

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We learn and collaborate with scholars and leaders.

Combining research and resources, we provide tailored learning opportunities and continuing education units through seminars, interactive conferences, lunch & learn events, and online webinars.

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We champion innovative play & recreation initiatives.

Learn more about turning research into practice with our National Demonstration Program.

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