Value Drivers of a Certified Child Life Specialist

CCLSs significantly reduce the financial, developmental, and psychological costs associated with stress, pain, and anxiety that can persist far beyond initial healthcare encounters.

Read the full report in the Child Life Value Proposition Statement.

Child Life Competencies & Guidelines

The Child Life Competencies are the minimal level of acceptable practice and are to be used as a guide for individuals or organizations who may wish to further define competencies specific to their situation. 

The Child Life Standards of Clinical Practice establish criteria for child life services with infants, children, youth, siblings, and families.

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Career Opportunities

Browse or post an open child life position in the ACLP Child Life Career Center.

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Celebrate your colleagues

Give a WOW!

We invite all individuals in the child life community to Give a WOW!

Submissions may include celebration of career milestones, recognition of those providing exemplary emotionally safe care, sharing the successes of programs prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, appreciation towards colleagues and peers who go above and beyond each day in support of each other and children, and more.

These submissions will be shared on ACLP's social media accounts.

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Child Life Month

To promote understanding and appreciation of the invaluable contributions of child life specialists, ACLP has championed a month-long celebration, Child Life Month. The impact CCLSs make on the emotional safety of children and families in healthcare settings is unparalleled. 

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