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.


  • The ACLP Mentor Program

    The Leadership Development Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 Mentor Program will be available starting on August 28, 2017. Certified Child Life Specialists who are ACLP members are invited to apply as mentors or mentees. Mentees are child life specialists who would like support in reaching their professional goals, while mentors use their experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to provide this support. All prospective participants will complete an application and then be matched according to interests and experiences.
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  • ACLP Diversity Scholarships

    ACLP is pleased to announce additional funding has been secured to continue the diversity scholarship program. Diversity scholarships will be offered for Fall 2017, Winter/Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 internships. The goal of these scholarships is to support students from diverse backgrounds who may otherwise struggle to complete an internship as well as students who are uniquely qualified to work with diverse populations. Each scholarship will be for $5000 (USD) and will be dispersed in increments over the course of the internship.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Florida Association of Child Life Professionals (FACLP) 25th Annual Conference

    Lake Buena Vista | FL
    September 29 - October 01, 2017
    October 01, 2017
  • Mentor Program Applications Due

    October 06 - October 06, 2017
    October 06, 2017
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) Annual Conference

    Detroit | MI
    October 21 - October 21, 2017
    October 21, 2017
  • New England Child Life Professionals (NECLP) Conference

    Ashford | CT
    October 23 - October 23, 2017
    October 23, 2017
  • International Scholarships for 2018 Conference - Applications Due

    October 31 - October 31, 2017
    October 31, 2017
  • 22nd Annual Midwest Child Life Conference

    Madison | WI
    November 04 - November 05, 2017
    November 05, 2017
  • 24th Annual Child Life of Greater New York (CLGNY) Professional Development Conference

    New York | NY
    November 13 - November 13, 2017
    November 13, 2017
  • 15th Annual Child Life Directors Networking Retreat & Conference

    Scottsdale | AZ
    November 18 - November 20, 2017
    November 20, 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 Summer ACLP Bulletin

Explore relationships in child life in this special themed issue, which features articles on different aspects of the relationships, collaborations, and alliances that child life specialists build. The ACLP Bulletin/Child Life Focus is the foremost professional resource focusing on the unique knowledge and skills of the child life community.

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From the ACLP President

Eileen Clark

Collaborative efforts from devoted partners, loyal staff and dedicated members have generated a new horizon for ACLP that is rich in evidence to support standardizing best practice.”

- Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS

Child Life in the News

  • AAP Statement on Hurricane Harvey

    Aug 30, 2017
  • Child Life Specialists Are True Forces for Change

    Aug 21, 2017
  • Hospital Allows Family Inside Trauma Bay During Procedures

    Aug 18, 2017
  • Kapiolani’s Brain Station Provides Functional Lessons for Patients

    Aug 09, 2017

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Member Spotlight:
Hang Yin Candy Lo

ACLP Member Hang Yin Candy Lo, MA, BC-DMT, RDT, CCLS is the director of Piece of Sky, a creative arts therapy and counseling service in Hong Kong. She works with kids in hematology/oncology units as a dance/movement therapist and child life specialist. Please watch this inspiring clip filmed by the American Dance Therapy Association.

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