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.


  • Happy Child Life Month!

    We'd love to hear how you've been raising awareness of child life during the month of March! As well as tagging us in your posts and mentioning us in your tweets, feel free to email any videos or photos of the creative ways you've been celebrating child life to We'll share these throughout the month, so be sure to stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter!
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  • HI-FIVE: New Free PDU Opportunity through Columbia University

    ACLP is excited to share a unique opportunity offered through Columbia University's Department of Biomedical Informatics. From now until June 2017, the university is providing a unique healthcare training program called HI-FIVE (Health Informatics for Innovation, Value, and Enrichment) for free to healthcare professionals.
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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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  • Save $200 with Early Registration Before March 31st Deadline

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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
  • 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

  • Upopolis now at Cape Breton Regional Hospital

    Mar 23, 2017
  • Hospitals, teachers turn to play to help vulnerable kids build optimism, resilience

    Mar 22, 2017
  • Program helps parents share life-changing diagnoses with their kids

    Mar 14, 2017
  • Confessions of a child life specialist

    Mar 01, 2017

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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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