Continuous Improvement

In an effort to continue to increase education and awareness about the many benefits of play, IPEMA and the Voice of Play periodically release survey data. Take a look at our past research below.

2020 Survey on Play

Research shows that outdoor play is helpful for children coping with the mental impacts of social injustice. The research also explores how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the state of children’s play and family togetherness.

2018 Survey on Recess

Research shows that outdoor free play gives kids many valuable benefits, including the growth of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills. And teachers agree, according to the second annual Voice of Play Survey.

2017 Survey on Play

Research from the inaugural Voice of Play Parent Survey finds that kids, on average, are playing four days per week. This is good news for parents and kids alike, as research confirms the multiple benefits of play, including children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being. The survey also uncovered generational differences among parents in play attitudes and behaviors, highlighting an opportunity for increased education on why play is critically important.