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.


  • Nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors Due on September 28

    The ACLP Nominating Committee welcomes nominations of candidates to be considered for the 2019 ACLP Board of Directors election slate. The 2019 slate will include the positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, and two Directors. As part of this process, the committee seeks diverse representation on the recommended slate, with an opportunity for members from all geographic locations and types and sizes of program to be considered.
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  • Results of the 2018 Job Analysis

    The results of the 2018 Job Analysis (JA) are now available. The process began in February with a meeting of ten Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), who defined the tasks a minimally competent, entry-level child life practitioner would perform. This is the level of knowledge that the Child Life Professional Certification Exam is designed to assess. Detailed information about the 2018 Job Analysis results and outcomes is available on the ACLP website.
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  • Two New Certification Videos on Eligibility Available

    Two new instructional videos related to exam eligibility are now available. The first of these, Eligibility Assessment 101, guides the participant through the process of completing an Eligibility Assessment. While the other, Mastering Your Courses: A guide to Meeting the 2019 coursework requirements, is an in-depth look at the upcoming coursework requirement, course pre-approval, and ACLP-endorsed academic programs.
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  • ACLP Statement on the Separation of Children from Families

    The Association of Child Life Professionals joins other professional organizations whose members have expertise in child development, health, and welfare in opposing the traumatic separation of children from their families by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Children who experience separation from family members and relocation to Department of Homeland Security facilities will face serious, potentially long-term psychological trauma.
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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

The articles in the ACLP Bulletin explore professional identity in different ways, touching on matters that relate to our identity as a profession and to our individual identities as child life professionals. Perhaps more than people in other professions, child life specialists are asked to define the field, and their work, on a regular basis. As such, we think a lot about professional identity, and this issue is informative in that it allows us insight into others’ thoughts about many of the same issues that we struggle with regularly. Our authors have written piece that explore child life in different times, different places, and from different angles.

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From the ACLP President


ACLP President, Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS

ACLP welcomes new President, Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS. The baton was officially passed to Stephanie from former President, Eileen Clark, at the 2018 Child Life Annual Conference. 

Child Life in the News

  • School of Behavioral Health helping to expand Child Life service in China

    Sep 10, 2018
  • At the Border, Therapeutic Play Opens the Door

    Aug 21, 2018
  • Disney donates 12 boxes of toys to local children's hospital

    Aug 02, 2018
  • Live, From the Children’s Ward

    Jul 06, 2018

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Mary Noe Ashley Kilpatrick (CDC)

This week we are highlighting ACLP members Mary Noe, CCLS, MPH and Ashley Kilpatrick, CCLS, CIMI. Learn more about their contributions to the child life profession in the Member Spotlight.

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