Child Life Council
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Membership Benefits

Child Life Council is the leading international professional association devoted to child life specialists. As a member, you will have access to a series of valuable benefits designed to enhance your development as a child life professional.

    • Bulletin Newsletter - quarterly subscription to the foremost professional resource focusing on the unique knowledge and skills of the child life community
    • CLC Community - a professional networking platform, which features discussion forums and file sharing libraries, a new and improved member directory, advanced search functionality, detailed member profiles, blogging capabilities, and more.
    • CLC Forum List Serve - your peer to peer connection to the child life community.
    • Directory of Child Life Programs - profiles for over 450 child life programs that include key contact information, details about the organization, as well as, in-depth information about child life staffing, internship and volunteer programs, and more.
    • Child Life Marketplace - an online directory of vendors offering products and services of value to child life specialists.
    • Career Center - the premier resource for anyone interested in finding or promoting child life professional opportunities.
    • CLC Member Directory - allows you to search for other members using a variety of search criteria. Search results will include detailed professional profiles, complete with photographs of those members who have updated their profiles.
    • Child Life News Monthly - a monthly e-newsletter that highlights relevant research to child life as well as news articles about child life programs in North America and around the world.
    • Unique Leadership, Volunteer, and Networking Opportunities
    • NEW! Discounts on hotel rooms and car rentals
    • Discounts on:
      • Certification Exam
      • Certification Annual Maintenance Fees
      • Re-certification by Professional Development Hours:
      • Conference Registration
      • Webinars
      • CLC Publications and Merchandise

Membership Categories & Base Dues 

Professional (Active) - $125 U.S. per year  A professional member is employed or seeking employment as a child life specialist, or works as an educator of child life students at the college or university level.  Read More

Student - $72 U.S. per year  Student membership is designed for students at the undergraduate or graduate level who are interested in entering the child life profession. In order to be eligible for the discounted rate, proof of full-time student status (e.g. letter from registrar, copy of transcript, letter from internship supervisor) MUST be uploaded when joning online. Read More

Associate - $96 U.S. per year  Associate members are non-child life specialists who come from another discipline or profession, but want to remain informed about issues affecting child life. Associate members include healthcare workers such as doctors and nurses, educators, parents, vendors and corporate supporters, and other concerned members of the public that are involved or interested in child life. Read More

Special Membership Categories - $72 U.S. per year
Discounted membership is available to CLC members who qualify for Retired or Special Circumstances status. Read More

Fees and other information


Joining Fee - $25 U.S. (one-time administrative fee)

A joining fee of $25 U.S. will be included with the base dues for new and rejoining members (except students).  Active members will not be charged this fee upon renewal.  Read More

Membership dues are non-transferable and non-refundable.  Thank you for your interest in joining CLC!  If you have any questions, please contact Child Life Council at 1-800-CLC-4515 or


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