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.


  • Rescinded: Advanced Degree Requirement

    In recognition that changes to the 2022 and 2025 eligibility requirements should have been made through the Child Life Certifying Committee (CLCC) through an evidence-based process, the 2013 board motion to enact the master's degree requirements for certification eligibility in 2022 and 2025 has been rescinded. The ACLP Board remains solid in its recommendation to CLCC to require a master’s degree in recognition that advanced education and applied skill sets have surfaced as necessary components for success.
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  • The 2018 Child Life Annual Conference Program

    The Conference Program for the 2018 Child Life Annual Conference is now available on the ACLP website. Conference is a prime opportunity for child life professionals to network, expand their skills, and learn about the latest innovations within the field. The Conference Program provides information about pre-conference intensives, professional development workshops, plenaries, hospital tours, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and more. Join us May 3-6, 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort.
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  • New Eligibility Assessment Process for 2019-2021 Candidates

    A new online process is available to assess the eligibility of applicants against the requirements that will be in place from 2019 through the end of 2021. Applicants may log into their profile, pay a fee for the Eligibility Assessment, and immediately begin entering their eligibility information. The Child Life Certifying Committee is implementing this process as part of an overall effort to streamline the exam application experience and to provide applicants with a tool for monitoring their progress toward establishing eligibility.
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  • Support ACLP with AmazonSmile

    Make one of your New Year's resolutions to support ACLP and child life. Now is the perfect time to make sure your Amazon account is set up to support the Association of Child Life Professionals. Simply access Amazon through AmazonSmile, and a percentage of the sale will be donated to ACLP at no cost to you. If you are already set up to use AmazonSmile, please know how much we appreciate your support.
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  • Annual maintenance fee due

    January 30 - January 30, 2018
    January 30, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - It's a Fellow Thing: Closing the Gap in Child Life Services

    February 21 - February 21, 2018
    February 21, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - Rethinking the Cloth Doll: Creative Adaptations of a Foundational Child Life Tool for Teen Patients

    March 07 - March 07, 2018
    March 07, 2018
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) Student Symposium

    Ann Arbor | MI
    March 23 - March 23, 2018
    March 23, 2018
  • Last day of certification grace period

    March 31 - March 31, 2018
    March 31, 2018
  • ACLP Bulletin - Spring Issue

    April 01 - April 01, 2018
    April 01, 2018
  • Child Life Annual Conference

    National Harbor | MD
    May 03 - May 06, 2018
    May 06, 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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Winter 2018 Bulletin

ACLP Bulletin

The Winter ACLP Bulletin

The articles in the ACLP Bulletin section of this issue combine practical pieces on child life techniques with articles that address more global issues in the care of pediatric patients, all intended to leave you with new ideas to ponder. We encourage you to check out the new "Loose Parts" column and enhance your practice by writing an article to share some of the creations you've built to help patients understand their medical care.

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From the ACLP President

Eileen Clark

ACLP President, Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS

Eileen Clark, ACLP President, recently spoke at the 2017 Global Genes RARE Patient Advocacy Summit.

Child Life in the News

  • The new Pokémon Go: 10 ways to use wizards unite in child life

    Jan 10, 2018
  • Royal Oak community lights the nights and hearts of sick children at Beaumont

    Dec 21, 2017
  • Hong Kong specialists form bridge between doctors and young cancer patients

    Nov 28, 2017
  • Child life helps a family bond while separated for months

    Nov 27, 2017

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Member Spotlight: Terry Spearman, CCLS

                Terry Spearman

ACLP member Terry Spearman, CCLS serves as the manager of child life services at Children's National Healthcare System in Washington, DC. Learn more about Terry's contributions to the child life profession on our Member Spotlight page

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