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.



  • Hospital Program Leaders – Subscribe to CLPDC Customized Benchmarking Reports

    All hospital-based child life programs may now purchase annual subscriptions for an unlimited number of customized benchmarking reports. Monitor how your child life program compares to others throughout the year.
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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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  • ACLP's Latest Collaboration with Disney

    ACLP CEO Jen Lipsey will serve as co-chair of the Disney Compassion Program Advisory Group. The advisory group is part of Disney's pledge to direct one hundred million dollars over the next five years to help reinvent the experience at children’s hospitals around the world.
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  • ACLP Webinar - After Dread Comes Opportunity: How to Develop Conflict Resolution Skills that Get It Done

    July 25 - July 25, 2018
    July 25, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar: To Tell a Story: Exploring Child Life Global Engagement (FREE, MEMBERS ONLY)

    August 01 - August 01, 2018
    August 01, 2018
  • March of Dimes Webinar: Partnering with Parents to Improve Safety: Engaging Families beyond the Parent Advisory Council

    August 03 - August 03, 2018
    August 03, 2018
  • Child Life Professional Certification (August) Exam registration deadline

    August 10 - August 10, 2018
    August 10, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar: The Building Blocks of Competence: Exploring Grief Work and School Collaboration

    August 15 - August 15, 2018
    August 15, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar: Helping Teenagers Cope with Parental Illness and Loss

    August 29 - August 29, 2018
    August 29, 2018

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

  • Live, From the Children’s Ward

    Jul 06, 2018
  • Congenital Heart Disease Is Scary for Families. Here’s Where to Turn for Help.

    Jun 27, 2018
  • A Pediatrician’s View Into a Border Patrol Processing Center

    Jun 20, 2018
  • How to give a child bad news about a diagnosis

    Jun 07, 2018

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Member Spotlight:
Laura Mitchell, BS, CCLS


ACLP member Laura Mitchell, BS, CCLS is a child life specialist at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Learn more about Laura's contributions to the child life profession on our Member Spotlight page

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