Resources for Child Life Specialists

ACLP offers a variety of resources to support research, program development, and evidence-based practice within the child life community, including two highly rated member publications (the ACLP Monthly and the ACLP Bulletin). Child Life Specialists searching for educational materials, child life products, and more can peruse the Child Life Marketplace, explore the First Book Marketplace, or search the Resource Library.

2019 Salary Survey

The 2019 Salary Survey was compiled with data gathered from the 2019 ACLP Member Survey. More than 1,900 ACLP members participated in the survey, and 645 of those who responded provided salary information. These responses provide a snapshot of the average compensation for child life specialists as well as information about how education level, job category, work environment, and geographic location affect compensation.

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Child Life Marketplace

The Child Life Marketplace is a great resource for child life specialists to discover programs, products, and services that have been developed to help them thrive in their careers and serve patients and families. Companies and organizations listed in the Child Life Marketplace are paid advertisers, and their inclusion does not reflect endorsement by ACLP.

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First Book Marketplace

ACLP and First Book collaborated on the creation of the ACLP First Book Marketplace, which features free downloadable resources and low-cost books, educational resources, games, and activities. Books can be used to build program libraries and enhance treatment and programming. ACLP members can register here. If you need assistance or have questions, email or phone 866-732-3669.

Visit the First Book Marketplace

Resource Library

The ACLP Resource Library is a constantly evolving collection of resources provided by ACLP members and friends. Comprised of hundreds of helpful websites, references, and samples, the Resource Library is designed to enhance your child life knowledge and is searchable by topic, diagnosis, and age group.

The ACLP Resource Library is a benefit of ACLP membership. For more information about becoming a member and other member benefits, visit the Membership page.

ACLP members can access the Resource Library here.

Step 1

  • Select a specific topic or diagnosis.

Step 2

  • Optional - select an age group or age groups.

Step 3

  • Review the list of relevant resources. Click on a resource for more information.

ACLP Monthly

The ACLP Monthly is a monthly e-newsletter that provides more than 5,500 ACLP members with the latest child life news and research updates. The ACLP Monthly and the ACLP Bulletin, a quarterly publication, are benefits of ALCP membership. For membership information, please click here.

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#ChildLife Podcast

ACLP's new podcast connects you to all that's happening at the Association of Child Life Professionals and the professional world of child life. The #ChildLife Podcast is intended for ACLP members, child life specialists, partners, and charities involved with the wonderful world of child life, and for those looking to become a child life professional. Connect with professional opportunities, stay informed about child life news, and learn about what's new in child life.

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Child Life Professional Data Center

The Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC) is a tool to help child life programs track and compare programmatic and capacity for patient impact data with others.

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Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP)

The Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP) is a validated screening tool, developed by a team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. PRAP was designed to assess pediatric patients’ risk for experiencing elevated distress during health care encounters, and includes a database that stores, organizes, and analyzes psychosocial data.

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Program Review Service

Since 1987, the Child Life Council has offered a highly effective and comprehensive Program Review Service. This service is the only one established by ACLP and is conducted by senior, highly experienced certified child life specialist (CCLS) professionals. These reviews have provided child life programs with onsite review and valuable child life expert opinion to assess overall program strengths and opportunities for improvement, validate child life as an essential component of quality care, advocate for additional resources, and provide direction for future program development.

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