ACLP 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.

Membership is available to anyone involved in the Child Life Profession.  Whether you are a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), a student studying to become a CCLS, an academic professional, researcher, administrator, nurse, etc…all will benefit from joining the membership community. 

Member Categories

Professional Members

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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.

Associate Members

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Associate members are individuals who come from another discipline or profession, but want to remain informed about issues affecting child life. Associate members include members of the interdisciplinary health care team, educators, parents, vendors and corporate supporters, part-time students, and child life specialists who are not currently working in the profession.

Student (inc. interns) Members

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Student membership is designed for full-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level (9+ credits, unless full-time is otherwise defined by their institution), or for those currently enrolled in a child life internship.

Member Benefits

The Association of Child Life Professionals 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.

  • ACLP Bulletin - A quarterly subscription to the foremost professional resource focusing on the unique knowledge and skills of the child life community
  • ACLP 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.
  • ACLP 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.
  • Career Center - The premier resource for anyone interested in finding or promoting child life professional opportunities.
  • ACLP 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.
  • ACLP Monthly (formerly 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

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ACLP Bulletin

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 distributed to more than 5,500 ACLP members.

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ACLP Monthly

ACLP Monthly (formerly Child Life News Monthly) offers ACLP members the latest child life news and research updates. This newsletter is emailed once a month to all ACLP members.