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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 support and reduce fear, anxiety and pain for infants, children, youth and families. 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.


  • Diversity Scholarships for Internships Now Available

    A select number of scholarships are now available to help support students with diverse backgrounds and experiences during their clinical internship. We are currently accepting scholarship applications for students with summer internships. Applications are due March 3rd.
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  • Call for New Committee Volunteers

    Each of ACLP's committees, task forces, and working groups is vital in fulfilling the overall mission of our organization. We invite ACLP members to join in this important work and help shape the future of the child life profession. Until March 3rd, ACLP will accept volunteer interest forms for committee terms beginning in May 2017. No matter your level of experience, this is a prime opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills, engage with others in the profession, and enhance your resume. Appointments will be finalized and volunteers will be notified in late April.
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  • ACLP Announces Recipients of 2017 International Conference Scholarships

    The Association of Child Life Professionals is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 International Scholarships to attend the ACLP Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Five full scholarships were made available through the Advancing the Field of Play for Hospitalized Children Initiative grant from Disney. We are pleased that these distinguished professionals will join us in Las Vegas, and take back what they learned to help improve the care of children in their respective parts of the world. We encourage all ACLP members planning to attend the conference to give our scholarship recipients a warm welcome!
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  • Registration for the 2017 ACLP Annual Conference Is Now Open

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    Don't miss the annual conference occurring in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25-28, 2017. Be sure to take advantage of early rates from now through March 31st and save $200.
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  • Child Life Month

    March 01 - March 31, 2017
    March 31, 2017
  • Child Life Professional Certification (March) Exam registration deadline

    March 10 - March 10, 2017
    March 10, 2017
  • 11th Annual Phoenix Area Child Life Conference

    Scottsdale |
    March 31 - March 31, 2017
    March 31, 2017
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals—Child Life Assistant Summit

    April 20 - April 21, 2017
    April 21, 2017
  • ACLP 35th Annual Conference

    Las Vegas |
    May 25 - May 28, 2017
    May 28, 2017

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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ACLP Bulletin

Quarterly Publication

ACLP Bulletin/Child Life Focus is the foremost professional resource focusing on the unique knowledge and skills of the child life community. Its aim is to provide content that encourages the continued clinical development of child life professionals, and a forum for highlighting their milestones, challenges, innovations and successes. The ACLP Bulletin is a quarterly digital publication for ACLP members, with a circulation of more than 5,500 child life professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and across the globe. 

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From the ACLP President

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“This current milestone in our organization is built upon so many years of work and the devotion of so many people who strove to professionalize what we do.”
-Kristin Maier, MS, CCLS
PRESIDENT, 2016–2017

Child Life in the News

  • California Family Creates Mobile Play Stations for Hospitalized Children

    Feb 04, 2017
    The Oscar Litwak Foundation brings fun and creative materials to children in the hospital.
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  • Project Pinball lets kids be kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

    Dec 08, 2016
    Project Pinball lets kids be kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.
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  • Child life specialists help hospitalized children cope

    Nov 11, 2016
    Child life specialists help hospitalized children cope.
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The above clip featuring Certified Child Life Specialist and ACLP member Ellen Goldring is part of Beyond Medicine, a 17-minute film about Dr. Michael Harris, chief pediatric oncologist and hematologist at Hackensack University Medical Center. The film, which you can watch here in its entirety, centers around the importance of humanism in medicine, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary healthcare teams.

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