Child Life Council
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About CLC


Established as a nonprofit organization in 1982, the Child Life Council represents a group of trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events. The Child Life Council membership is composed of more than 5,000 individuals representing more than 600 organizations worldwide. Our members include child life specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, school teachers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and others in related fields.

CLC provides members with professional development programs and resources, facilitates the exchange of professional knowledge and best practices, and distributes information about the needs of children experiencing stress and trauma.

If you are interested in learning more about the Child Life Council,  this 2-page flyer provides an overview of the organization and our members: About the Child Life Council .


Child Life Professionals

Child life specialists are experts in child development, who promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Understanding that a child’s wellbeing depends on the support of the family, child life specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress. 

Learn more in The Child Life Profession