Vision, Mission, Values 

The 2019-2021 Strategic Plan is the culmination of a comprehensive planning process and will guide ACLP initiatives over the next three years. The Board carefully considered overarching trends impacting the child life profession in the context of current conditions and emerging developments that will present both great opportunities and serious challenges for the field.

The 2019-2021 Strategic Plan is available below. See the 2018 Strategic Planning Session to learn more about the development process.


Our Vision

ACLP advances psychosocial care and the emotional safety of children, youth, and families impacted by healthcare and significant life experiences.



ACLP fosters child life professionals through:
■ Standards and credentialing
■ Connection, collaboration and community
■ Evidence-based practice
■ Professional development
■ Championing the child life profession

Areas of Focus:

  • Diversification of membership
  • Research
  • Thought leadership
  • Expansion of, and access to, services and settings

Core Values - Our Guiding Principles

Transparent communication
    Professional communication
    Humanistic Approach
    Relational impact
    Focus on members
    Cultural humility

Diversity Statement

The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for its members and its leadership--and for the infants, children, youth, and families whom it serves. It is our policy to maintain an environment that respects variations in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious affiliation, veteran status, and socioeconomic status.

Recognizing that diversity enriches the field of child life and enhances creativity and professional growth within the child life community, the ACLP encourages all aspects of diversity. This commitment requires continued effort to attract and develop qualified applicants of diverse backgrounds whose unique life experiences and ways of thinking foster a culture of inclusion and diverse perspectives.  

The ACLP affirms the need to attract individuals from diverse backgrounds and build on an organizational environment that values engagement, stimulates innovation, and inspires performance that leads to the advancement of its members.

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