Child Life Annual Conference

Attendee Information


Each year ACLP brings together more than 1,000 child life professionals at the Child Life Annual Conference—the world's largest gathering of child life professionals. It is an unsurpassed opportunity for attendees to enhance their professional development, gain fresh perspectives, meet with colleagues, and form new and lasting relationships within the child life community. 

The Child Life Annual Conference advances the field by presenting on a national and international level the latest research, innovations, and  techniques for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs), educators, students, and other child life professionals.

Click here for a complete listing of breakout sessions.

Learn about the speakers and events in the Conference Program.

Make the most of your conference experience by purchasing the All Access Pass for only $49 when you register for conference. With the All Access Pass, you can listen to recorded conference sessions at home, earn PDUs after passing the quiz for each session, and view presenters' handouts and slides (when available).

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, May 3

 Start Time End Time  Event
8:00 am 11:00 am Half Day Intensives 
8:00 am 12:00 pm Board Meeting (closed)
8:00 am 2:00 pm Full Day Intensives
11:30 am 2:30 pm Half Day Intensives
1:00 pm 2:30 pm Committee Chairs
Orientation & Leadership
Development Session
(Invitation Only)
2:30 pm 5:30 pm Hospital Tour Inova
3:00 pm 4:00 pm First Timer/New Member
3:00 pm 4:30 pm Student Event
3:00 pm 5:30 pm Academic Professional Meeting
5:00 pm 9:00 pm Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall
Dance Party starts at 7 pm

Friday, May 4

Start Time End Time Event
7:00 am 6:00 pm ACLP Registration Desk Open
7:30 am 9:30 am Exhibit Hall Opens with Breakfast
9:00 am 11:00 am Opening General Session with
Emma Plank Keynote Address
and Distinguished Service
Award Presentation (2 PDUs)
11:30 am 12:30 pm Professional Development
Sessions (1 PDU)    
12:30 pm 2:30 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:15 pm 3:45 pm Professional Development Workshops
(1.5 PDUs)
4:00 pm 5:30 pm Professional Development Workshops
(1.5 PDUs)
5:45 pm 6:45 pm Town Hall
6:00 pm 9:00 pm Leadership Reception (Invitation Only)

Saturday, May 5

Start Time End Time Event
7:00 am 6:00 pm ACLP Registration Desk Open
7:30 am 8:30 am Staffed Poster Presentations 
7:30 am 9:30 am Exhibit Hall Opens with Breakfast 
9:00 am 10:30 am  Plenaries (1.5 PDUs)
10:45 am 11:45 am Professional Development
Sessions (1 PDU)
11:45 am 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens with Lunch
2:00 pm  3:00 pm Professional Development
Sessions (1 PDU)
3:15 pm 4:45 pm  Professional Development
Workshops (1.5 PDUs)
5:00 pm 6:00 pm Research Discussion &
Awards Presentation
6:00 pm 8:00 pm  Community-Based Networking

Sunday, May 6

Start Time End Time Event 
8:00 am 9:30 am Professional Development
Workshops (1.5 PDUs)
9:45 am 11:15 am Professional Development
Workshops (1.5 PDUs)
11:30 am 1:00 pm Closing General Session and
Mary Barkey Award Presentation
(1.5 PDUs)

“I would definitely recommend to anyone on the fence about attending conference to just GO and see why it is the highlight of my professional career.” 

- Mallory Stensland
2017 Conference Attendee

Registration Pricing 

Conference Attendee

Full-Conference Early Registration

Nov.1, 2017-
Feb.18, 2018

Full-Conference Standard Registration

Feb.19, 2018-
April 16, 2018

Full-Day Intensives

(Includes lunch)

Half-Day Intensives

(Includes snack 


Fri. or Sat.

All-Access Pass

(Recorded Sessions Package)

Guest Pass for Welcome Reception

(Includes dance party)

Non-member*  $575 $775   $175/$200  $125/$150  $325  $49  $100
ACLP Professional   $450 $650  $160/$185  $110/$135  $250  $49  $100
ACLP Student or Retiree Member   $380 $580  $150/$175  $100/$125  $250  $49  $100

* When you join the Association of Child Life Professionals, you receive the benefit of paying member prices for conference registration, intensives, and discounts on books and merchandise in the ACLP store. Join ACLP and register at member rates.

ACLP Membership Fees

Membership Type Dues
Professional $125 
Associate  $ 96
Student  $72 
Special-Retired  $72 


“It is an important part of professional self-care to come together with other passionate professionals to share ideas, support one another, and renew
our energy.” 

- Kristen Black
  2017 Conference Attendee

Take Advantage of Special ACLP Room Rates (The Room Block is Full)

Please Note: It has been reported that representatives from various housing/reservation services have contacted some Exhibitors and Attendees, claiming to represent ACLP. THIS IS A SCAM. At no time will anyone representing ACLP contact you about your hotel reservation. If you are contacted by a representative, it is highly recommended that you DO NOT share your personal information or credit card information. Contact with any questions.

ACLP has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort, please feel free to make your reservations now! Once the room block is full, we are unable to guarantee the availability of additional rooms. 

Please note: The ACLP room block typically sells out well in advance of the reservation deadline, so we recommend making a reservation as early as possible in order to secure a room. In order to take advantage of these special rates, you must be a registered attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor of the Child Life Annual Conference. 

Reserve your room by contacting the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and indicate you are with the Child Life 2018 Conference. You are encouraged to call the hotel periodically to see if any rooms become available. For information on nearby accommodations, there are a number of internet sites available, such as Google, Kayak, Travelocity, Expedia, etc. 

Professional Development