Latest Press Releases

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), the philanthropic arm of the North American toy industry, and Nemours, one of the country’s largest pediatric health systems, operating two children’s hospitals and more than 40 outpatient facilities with operations in five states, today announced the launch of a year-long research partnership. With the support of a $400,000 grant from TIF, Nemours will explore the impact of trauma-informed patient care and the role of play in helping children and families heal and cope while in the hospital. Research findings will be used to develop an innovative, high-quality program focused on trauma-informed care, using play materials and related resources designed to support and comfort children experiencing stress reactions due to life-threatening illness, injury or painful medical procedures.
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Just in time for fall, The Genius of Play, the research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives, unveiled a new website that offers easy access to professional advice, play ideas, quick parenting tips and more. Parents who visit TheGeniusofPlay.org will discover a community section and a brand-new “play ideas” section with hundreds of practical suggestions, sortable by a child’s age and benefit of play.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA), the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages, has announced the introduction of several new categories for the 17th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards, including Action Figure of the Year, Collectible of the Year, Construction Toy of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Vehicle of the Year. TIA has also announced that a more efficient and transparent judging method will help determine this year’s finalists.
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More than 400 Chicago area children living in foster care received brand-new toys and enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of play at a special “Play Your Part – Chicago” event hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) and CASA of Cook County. Held on Wednesday, July 27 at U.S. Cellular Field, the memorable event was made possible thanks to generous toy industry volunteers, donors and sponsors from over 25 local toy companies.
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Children who are impoverished, underserved or otherwise in need will receive brand-new Madame Alexander dolls this summer, thanks to the toy company’s generous donation of 20,000 customizable doll sets during the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) 2016 Summer Toy Drive.
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Critical legislation reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was signed into law earlier today by U.S. President Barack Obama, representing the first meaningful update to TSCA in 40 years. The new legislation reflects scientific and technological advances and ensures that a uniform federal policy will regulate chemicals across all 50 states.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has officially dubbed September 2016 “Toy Preview Month” to mark a jam-packed schedule of product preview meetings slated to take place across the nation throughout September, culminating with TIA’s Fall Toy Preview event on September 27-29 in Dallas, TX.
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The second annual Play Fair, a public celebration of play and entertainment for all ages, will nearly double in size at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center when it returns to New York City on November 4-5, 2017.
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Today, the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages, celebrates 100 years of serving the North American toy industry as it looks back on a continuously thriving market.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) congratulates both chambers of the U.S. Congress for reaching compromise on important chemical legislation after months of negotiations by U.S. House and Senate staff. Reform of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) will strengthen the federal chemical regulatory system and is a top policy priority for the toy industry.
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The Genius of Play, the toy industry’s research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives, today announced its new theme, “It’s More Than Play.” By focusing on six key skill areas children learn through play, “It’s More Than Play” aims to deepen parents’ and caregivers’ understanding of play’s developmental benefits.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the election of eight new members to the TIA Board of Directors for two-year terms of office expiring in 2018 during its Annual General Meeting held in Miami, Florida. The meeting also saw the chairmanship gavel pass to David Hargreaves of Hasbro, Inc. from retiring Board Chairman John Gessert of American Plastic Toys.
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Nearly 3,800 children registered with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Child and Youth Services received brand new toys Tuesday, April 5, from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services.
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The best new toys, games and youth entertainment products made their New York City showing last week at the 113th North American International Toy Fair. From February 13-16, the largest toy marketplace in the Western Hemisphere opened its doors to more than 30,600 global play professionals, and saw a 16 percent increase in international attendance from 2015.
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This morning’s opening of the 113th North American International Toy Fair transformed the Jacob K. Javits Center into a marketplace of toys and innovation. From today through Tuesday, February 16, more than 30,000 registered global play professionals will display hundreds of thousands of new toys and games in the massive 415,000 square feet of exhibit space, filling it to the brims with the products that will dictate the year’s toy and play trends.
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