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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.


36th Annual Conference (2018)


The 36th Annual Conference will take place May 3-6th at the Gaylord National Convention Center, MD (Washington, D.C. metro area).



All sponsors are recognized on the ACLP website and in ACLP’s quarterly publication, the ACLP Bulletin, and in the annual conference program. Additional benefits are available for higher-level sponsorships. 

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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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Learn and Earn with the All Access Pass

If you were unable to attend this year's conference—or if you would like the opportunity to listen to sessions you were unable to attend—you can purchase the All Access Pass. Purchasers will be able to view all of the professional development workshops that were 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. For more information, visit ACLP's online education portal.