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The ACLP Annual Conference is the premier educational experience for child life professionals. Each year, more than 1,000 child life specialists from all over the world gather for a diverse array of high-quality, timely and relevant conference sessions catered to all professional levels. As the largest gathering of child life specialists of the year, the Annual Conference offers ample opportunities for both formal and informal networking with your peers. Get ready to talk about current child life issues, share ideas and resources, and contribute to the ongoing growth of your profession! 

Conference attendees receive Professional Development Units (PDUs) necessary for recertification for the Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential. The conference also features an exhibit hall offering products and services that are of interest to the child life community.

Read about the exciting lineup of speakers, educational programming, and networking opportunities in the 2017 Conference Program

For details about registration fees and steps, as well as information about hotel reservations, please see the registration page.




Registration will become available in mid-January. Attendees are welcome to review the Schedule at a Glance to plan ahead!

Schedule at a Glance



All sponsors are recognized on the ACLP website and in ACLP’s quarterly publication, the Bulletin, and in the annual conference program. Additional benefits are available for higher-level sponsorships; plus, if you make your commitment by January 3rd your organization’s sponsorship and logo will also be featured in our pre-conference mailer.

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As the largest annual gathering of child life professionals in the world, the Annual Conference offers you the ideal opportunity to showcase your products and services to a unique audience. The exhibit hall is consistently rated as one of the most popular features of the annual conference, and each year attendees look forward to viewing the latest innovative products and services available to support their efforts in helping children and families.

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The All Access Pass Is Back!

Full conference registrants for the 2017 ACLP Annual Conference have the opportunity to purchase the All Access Pass for $49. Purchasers will be able to view all of the Professional Development Workshops that are recorded onsite at conference, on computers or tablets at their convenience, and earn additional Professional Development Units (PDUs) by completing the quizzes at the end of the recordings. The All Access Pass is available at the discount price of $49 only to full conference registrants. Don't miss this exclusive limited-time opportunity! Add the All Access Pass to your full conference registration.