Infants, children, youth, and families benefit from help coping with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for infants, children, and youth. Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction and overall experience.



  • The ACLP Resource Library

    We’re pleased to announce that an important member benefit is now available on the ACLP website. The Resource Library is a constantly evolving collection of resources provided by ACLP members and friends. Comprised of hundreds of helpful websites, references, and samples, the Resource Library is designed to enhance your child life knowledge and is searchable by topic, diagnosis, and age group.
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  • ACLP Joins Forces with Starlight to Launch Design-a-Gown Contest

    Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization that creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids, knows how important it is for a child to express themselves and have more choices when being hospitalized, especially when it comes to what they wear. That’s why ACLP is joining forces with Starlight to launch their Design-a-Gown contest where hospitalized kids bring smiles to each other by creating fun, unique designs for a new Starlight Gown.
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  • Introducting ACLP's #ChildLife Podcast

    We are pleased to announce ACLP's new podcast #ChildLife, hosted by Jennifer Lipsey, CEO and Bailey Kasten, COO. The #ChildLife Podcast will keep you informed about news related to the association and child life, and we invite all child life specialists and those interested in child life to listen. In the latest episode, Jen and Bailey speak with Director of Certification, Ame Enright, about the upcoming job analysis and get behind the scenes of the Child Life Certifying Committee.
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  • Rescinded: Advanced Degree Requirement

    In recognition that changes to the 2022 and 2025 eligibility requirements should have been made through the Child Life Certifying Committee (CLCC) through an evidence-based process, the 2013 board motion to enact the master's degree requirements for certification eligibility in 2022 and 2025 has been rescinded. The ACLP Board remains solid in its recommendation to CLCC to require a master’s degree in recognition that advanced education and applied skill sets have surfaced as necessary components for success.
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  • Volunteer Interest Forms Due

    February 26 - February 26, 2018
    February 26, 2018
  • Chicagoland Association of Child Life Professionals (CACLP) Symposium

    Chicago | IL
    March 03 - March 03, 2018
    March 03, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - Rethinking the Cloth Doll: Creative Adaptations of a Foundational Child Life Tool for Teen Patients

    March 07 - March 07, 2018
    March 07, 2018
  • Diversity Scholarship Application Due for Summer Internship

    March 15 - March 15, 2018
    March 15, 2018
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) Student Symposium

    Ann Arbor | MI
    March 23 - March 23, 2018
    March 23, 2018
  • Last day of certification grace period

    March 31 - March 31, 2018
    March 31, 2018
  • ACLP Bulletin - Spring Issue

    April 01 - April 01, 2018
    April 01, 2018

Future Child Life Specialists

Students, Interns, and Career Changers

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Internship Coordinators, Academic Professionals

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Parents & Caregivers

Parents, Families,Children, Caregivers

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Corporate Sponsors, Individual Donors, Foundations

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Health Care Administrators

Hospital Decision Makers, Physicians, Nurses

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Winter 2018 Bulletin

ACLP Bulletin

The Winter ACLP Bulletin

The articles in the ACLP Bulletin section of this issue combine practical pieces on child life techniques with articles that address more global issues in the care of pediatric patients, all intended to leave you with new ideas to ponder. We encourage you to check out the new "Loose Parts" column and enhance your practice by writing an article to share some of the creations you've built to help patients understand their medical care.

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From the ACLP President

Eileen Clark

ACLP President, Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS

Eileen Clark, ACLP President, recently spoke at the 2017 Global Genes RARE Patient Advocacy Summit.

Child Life in the News

  • Thomas Morstead delivers more than $220,000 to Minneapolis children

    Feb 05, 2018
  • Children's Hospital play zone for sick kids is winner of Vikings fans' largesse

    Jan 23, 2018
  • The new Pokémon Go: 10 ways to use wizards unite in child life

    Jan 10, 2018
  • Royal Oak community lights the nights and hearts of sick children at Beaumont

    Dec 21, 2017

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Member Spotlight: Hanna Bratt, CCLS, CTRS


ACLP member Hanna Bratt, CCLS, CTRS is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. Learn more about Dawn's contributions to the child life profession on our Member Spotlight page

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