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.



  • ACLP Joins Forces with The Beryl Institute for a Child Life Month White Paper

    The ACLP Patient Experience Committee worked in collaboration with the Beryl Institute to produce a white paper entitled What Patient Experience Can Learn from Child Life Professionals and will partner on a webinar later this month. The paper explores the value and impact of child life efforts and the core philosophies of child life that could inform patient experience efforts more broadly.
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  • ACLP's Latest Collaboration with Disney

    ACLP CEO Jen Lipsey will serve as co-chair of the Disney Compassion Program Advisory Group. The advisory group is part of Disney's pledge to direct one hundred million dollars over the next five years to help reinvent the experience at children’s hospitals around the world.
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  • Celebrate Child Life Month

    March is Child Life Month, and we invite you to join ACLP in celebrating the important role Certified Child Life Specialists play as part of interdisciplinary healthcare teams caring for children and families. Visit the Child Life Month page for ideas about how to publicize the profession and to listen to ACLP CEO Jennifer Lipsey's suggestions about how to recognize your child life staff.
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  • Rescinded: Advanced Degree Requirement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the 2013 board motion to enact the master's degree requirements for certification eligibility in 2022 and 2025 has been rescinded.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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  • Beryl Institute Webinar: What Patients Can Learn from Child Life Professionals

    March 29 - March 29, 2018
    March 29, 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
  • Child Life Annual Conference

    National Harbor | MD
    May 03 - May 06, 2018
    May 06, 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

  • SaludTues Tweetchat 3/20: Celebrating Child Life Specialists & Kids with Disabilities

    Mar 15, 2018
  • Walt Disney Co. commits more than $100M to bring comfort to children and their families in hospitals

    Mar 07, 2018
  • 5 Reasons Children Need Child Life Services

    Mar 07, 2018
  • Thomas Morstead delivers more than $220,000 to Minneapolis children

    Feb 05, 2018

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Member Spotlight: Rachel Kinsinger, CCLS

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ACLP member Rachel Kinsinger, CCLS, is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in California. Learn more about Leslie's contributions to the child life profession on our Member Spotlight page

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