Professional Development

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership

Building Knowledge and Advocacy

Combining research and resources, we provide tailored learning opportunities and continuing education units through seminars, interactive conferences, lunch & learn events, and online webinars. Our comprehensive courses and continuing education services are complimentary and are tailored to meet the individual needs of each audience.

"Your work in promoting research and professional conferences is changing the face of play across generations and geographical areas. Thank you."

Joe Frost, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas

Continuing Education

Learning events are ideal for parks and recreation professionals, landscape architects, educators, programmers, community advocates, funders, and others who are interested in promoting play and recreation in their organizations and communities. Our credentialed trainers provide evidence-based educational materials and interactive learning experiences to effectively equip attendees with the knowledge and resources to share with their communities. Our post education survey results are clear, attendees come away with new knowledge, recommend PlayCore continuing education to their peers, plan to attend future sessions, and identify continuing education modules as a worthwhile investment of their time.



Accreditation-logos.jpg#asset:11822Continuing education is important for designers, planners, and education professionals to remain abreast of current research, national initiatives, and to keep up with current advancements in the industry.

PlayCore has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, PlayCore has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of our Authorized Provider status, PlayCore is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

PlayCore is also pleased to be an approved CEU provider of ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES); and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Master Trainers

PlayCore’s master trainers and network of scholars and practitioners are experts in their fields. By sharing personal experiences and expertise, and through audience engagement and hands-on activities, our qualified trainers facilitate valuable learning experiences.

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Jennie Sumrell

Master's Degree, Special Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood

Ines Palacios

Inés Palacios

PhD Parks, Recreation and Tourism

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Lisa Moore

Master's Degree & Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology

Anne Marie Spencer

Anne-Marie Spencer

BA Marketing, Special Interest in Fitness and Physical Activity

Partner Scholars

Passionate about play, our partner scholars and practitioners provide feature learning experiences that promote current research and best practices in the industry.

Dr  Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown, MD

Founder, National Institute for Play

Christensen Keith

Keith Christensen, PhD

Center for Persons with Disabilities Faculty Fellow, Utah State University

Robin Moore Cmyk

Robin Moore, Dipl Arch, MCP, ASLA

Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University


Our education sessions topics and presentations are developed to ensure that every event is meaningful to the audience. Our library of offerings can be tailored to meet specific group needs, time allotments, and audience interests. Learn more about educational sessions and their learning objectives by browsing our suite of best practice topics:

Adult Fitness
Inclusive Play
Nature Play
Outdoor Play & Learning
Playground Planning
Youth Physical Activity & Fitness

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Learn more about our current areas of research