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.


  • New ACLP Video Explains the Certification Process

    In response to questions about establishing eligibility and the changing requirements of certification, the ACLP Certification Department has created an educational video that provides an overview of the certification process, including the Eligibility Assessment. Anyone interested in having academic and clinical information reviewed and accepted by the ACLP for the purposes of establishing eligibility for the exam and/or providing an internship site with evidence of his/her progress through ACLP’s certification program should request an Eligibility Assessment.
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  • Register for Conference Today!

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    Don't miss the ACLP Annual Conference occurring May 25-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Whether you're a child life student, a Certified Child Life Specialist, or a professional in a related field, attending conference offers the unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world and to experience a diverse array of high-quality, timely, and relevant educational sessions appropriate for all professional levels.
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  • Advanced Professional Development Survey

    The Advanced Professional Development Sub-Committee was established last year in response to requests from members regarding the unique professional development needs of advanced professionals within the field of child life (at least 5 years of clinical and/or work experience). The committee has created a survey designed to collect, identify, and seek out professional development opportunities for advanced child life professionals and would appreciate your help. If you have at least 5 years of experience in child life, please take the survey. Thank you for your support and participation.
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  • The Child Life Professional Data Center Launched April 3rd

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC). The CLPDC is a tool to help child life programs track and compare programmatic and capacity for patient impact data with others. Both annual and quarterly data will be tracked and then entered in a robust platform that allows users to compare data and run reports. Beginning April 3rd, program leaders will be able to access the platform and begin entering data.
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  • Fall Internship Initial Offer Date

    May 02 - May 02, 2017
    May 02, 2017
  • Fall Internship Acceptance Date

    May 03 - May 03, 2017
    May 03, 2017
  • ACLP 35th Annual Conference

    Las Vegas |
    May 25 - May 28, 2017
    May 28, 2017
  • Deadline for Fall (October) Bulletin Submissions

    July 01 - July 01, 2017
    July 01, 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

The Spring ACLP Bulletin is here!

This issue is packed with a variety of content designed to enlighten you and enhance your practice. The 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.

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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

  • 'MR-I Am Ready!' making MRI's easier for kids and parents

    Apr 17, 2017
  • 'Nobody likes to see a child suffer': Child life specialists try to ease pain

    Apr 17, 2017
  • Child life specialist offers families pre-op tours at Banner Thunderbird

    Apr 07, 2017
  • Upopolis now at Cape Breton Regional Hospital

    Mar 23, 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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