U.S. Teachers Place High Value on Recess

 IPEMA Association Survey and The Voice of Play

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. The survey of 500 U.S. elementary school teachers was conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), the playground industry’s leading playground safety certification organization, and its Voice of Play initiative. Among the findings was that each teacher surveyed – 100 percent – said that recess is essential for young students’ mental and physical development.