2020 Child Life Annual Conference

 Attendee Information

Jill Koss, ACLP President

A Message from the President

Attending our national conference is like coming home for me. To be in the same space with like-minded individuals is validating, rejuvenating, and energizing all at once. It’s a time to learn from creative and innovative colleagues; to network with content experts and hone our own expertise; to connect with those who are positively impacting and changing the environment around them; and the list goes on.

 As we look towards conference in 2020, we bring the value of interpersonal connection and the shared feeling of community to the forefront. When you’re surrounded by opportunities to network and learn, you realize you’re with your people. We invite you to lean into that experience! Just as the value of the work of child life is based on creating relationships, so can be the value of conference – the connection of professionals and the relationships that are formed. Two highlights from last year’s conference, Child Life at Play and the Innovation Fair will be returning, both of which were fun and enriching. While we will not have opportunity for all the collaborative tracks this year, there will still be an Academic Collaborative track for child life professionals in academia.  

We are so very thankful for our volunteers, volunteer leaders, and ACLP staff who have spent countless hours planning, vetting, and preparing for our upcoming conference. It is their continued commitment to create a high quality conference experience that we will all benefit from in May, 2020 in San Antonio. We hope to see you there!

Call for Innovators

Calling all Innovators! Have you made something unique or innovative that you would love to share with other child life professionals? What about something you use daily in your work with patients and families? Examples include DIY and handmade prep materials, diagnosis teaching aids, a new game, etc. If you are planning to attend conference, consider sharing your innovation at our second annual Innovation Fair at the 2020 Child Life Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Last  year's Innovation Fair was a huge success. We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to share your ideas with child life professionals and students. Please note: The Innovation Fair is not intended as a way to sell and or distribute products.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit a brief paragraph explaining your innovative creation as well as its intended audience, where and how it is used, and why it was made. Please provide a photo of your submission.  Submissions must also include your credentials, contact information, as well as ACLP member status (student, professional, retired).


Submissions will be from now through Friday, January 31st at 5 PM Eastern. Please email submissions/inquiries to:

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

With a basic conference registration, you can earn up to 14 PDUs.
Intensives (half- and full-day options) offer the opportunity to earn up to 6 additional PDUs.

Registration Pricing

 Conference Attendee  Full-Conference Early Registration November 12-February 7** Full-Conference Standard Registration February 8-May 1  Intensives Full-Day Early/Standard (includes lunch)  Intensives Half-Day Early/Standard (includes snack)  One Day Registration Friday or Saturday All-Access Pass (Recorded Sessions Package)  Guest Pass for Welcome Reception
$605  $805 $175/$200 $125/$150 $325  $59  $100 
ACLP Professional  $480 $680 $160/$185  $110/$135  $250 $59 $100 
ACLP Student or Retiree Member $395 $595  $150/$175 $100/$125 $250  $59 $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.

**In order to receive Early Registration discount pricing, payment must be received at ACLP by February 7, 2020.

Refund requests for basic conference registration will be honored if received in writing by ACLP no later than April 17, 2020 minus a $50 service fee. Requests received between April 18, 2020 and May 15, 2020 will be subject to a $100 service fee. No refunds will be accepted after May 16, 2020. Refund requests should be sent via email to Refunds are not available for Intensives, Exhibit Hall guest passes, or Tours. Refunds may take up to 21 days to process. All Access Pass pricing ($59) is available for paid conference registrants only.

Hotel Information

The 2020 Child Life Annual Conference will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. ACLP has reserved a block of rooms, available at the negotiated group rate of $169, plus tax, per night.

Click here to reserve your room online. If you prefer to speak with a reservation agent, please call 1-877-622-3056. Hotel rooms tend to sell out early, so plan to book your reservation early.

Please contact or Ramona Spencer at 571-483-4492 with questions.

2020 Conference Schedule at a Glance

The 2020 conference schedule is subject to change. View Session and Intensive descriptions on the event app.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

 Start Time End Time  Event
8:00 am 11:00 am Half-day Intensives* (3 PDUs)
8:00 am 3:00 pm Full-day Intensives* (6 PDUs)
12:00 pm 3:00 pm Half-day Intensives* (3 PDUs)
8:00 am 3:00 pm Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC) Event
3:30 pm 5:00 pm Student Event
4:00 pm 5:00 pm New Member Event
5:00 pm 8:00 pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

*Please note that intensives are not included as part of a full-conference registration. Additional payment and registration is required.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Start Time
End Time
7:00 am
6:00 pm
ACLP Registration Desk Open
8:00 am
10:00 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
10:00 am
11:30 am
Opening General Session with Emma Plank Keynote Address (1.5 PDUs)
11:30 am
1:00 pm
Lunch & Networking Time
1:00 pm 5:30 pm Mentorship Session (Part 1)
1:00 pm 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions (1.5 PDUs)
2:30 pm 4:00 pm Snack in the Exhibit Hall
4:00 pm 5:30 pm Breakout Sessions (1.5 PDUs)
5:30 pm
6:30 pm
ACLP Town Hall

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Start Time
End Time
8:00 am
9:00 am
Awards Breakfast (Invite Only)
8:00 am
10:30 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
9:00 am 10:00 am
Posters/Innovators Fair (1 PDU)
10:30 am
12:00 pm
Plenary Sessions (1.5 PDU)
12:00 pm 1:30 pm Lunch & Networking Time
1:30 pm 5:30 pm Mentorship Session (Part 2)
1:30 pm 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions (1 PDU) 
2:30 pm 3:00 pm Snack 
2:45 pm
3:45 pm
Breakout Sessions (1 PDU)
4:00 pm 5:30 pm Breakout Sessions (1.5 PDU)
5:30 pm 6:30 pm Research Awards Presentation

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Start Time
End Time
8:30 am
9:30 am
Breakout Sessions (1 PDU)
9:45 am
10:45 am
Breakout Sessions (1 PDU)
11:00 am
1:00 pm
Closing Session (2 PDUs)

Professional Development