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.
The Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign supports children with cancer through funding and awareness. Aflac has contributed more than $150 million to pediatric cancer research and treatment since 1995, and most recently introduced My Special Aflac Duck ® – a unique social robot – designed to provide comfort, joy and medical play to patients. Children with cancer, ages 3 and up, can receive their own My Special Aflac Duck –free-of-charge – by asking their healthcare team.
Dr. Scribbles is a company focused on improving the patient experience for children. The flagship product, Dr. Scribbles exam room table paper, offers games and coloring areas.
It also features the Dr. scribbles Healthcare Team—Dr. Caring, Dr. Witty, Charity, Martin, Faith, Hope and Jason. Their mission is to teach children lessons about physical and emotional health.
You will be inspired to witness how engaged children—and their parent(s)—will result in smiles.
MediKin teaching aides provide "hands-on" explanations of medical diagnosis and treatment procedures for pediatric patients and their families/caregivers in a non-threatening manner using adapters and overlays with actual medical equipment. They engage a child's curiosity and calm their fears plus assist with language barriers.
Sara’s Smiles Foundation
Sara’s Smiles Foundation provides care packages, called Inspiration Kits, for pediatric oncology patients. Inspiration Kits are durable, portable attache cases filled with items designed to help families stay organized, entertained, and connected to a network of support.
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Azusa Pacific University - M.S. in Child Life
Azusa Pacific’s Department of Psychology is an energetic community of scholars equipping students to understand the field of psychology through academically rigorous coursework,
hands-on laboratory research, internships with community agencies, and individual research projects—experiences that prepare students to be competitive in today’s top graduate school programs. Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s in Child Life program prepares men and women for this special role, utilizing advanced academic preparation and hands-on experiences within a framework of Christian compassion.
Connect-123 Global Practicum Programs
Connect-123 partners with universities to provide career-related practicum and internship programs across the globe. Since 2008, we have run Child Life programs in South Africa and, more recently, have developed a 4-week Child Life Practicum in Cape Town, which follows ACLP guidelines.
The program, which is led by Certified Child Life Specialists with decades of experience, including a past president of the ACLP, is one of the few international practicum experiences available to Child Life students and was a finalist for the GoAbroad Innovation Awards.
Join the next generation of leaders in child development, social work, and early childhood education with a graduate degree from Erikson. Founded in 1966, Erikson Institute has a rich history of providing high quality graduate degrees to professionals working with children, families and communities. With nationally respected faculty who are experts and practitioners in their field, you can gain real-world knowledge and skills that help advance your career with children and families. We offer two master’s degrees with a focus on child life, licensure and non-licensure. Online or on campus in Chicago.
Marian University has partnered with national and international organizations to create a student-centered online platform for earning your Master of Science in Thanatology. Learn more at MarianUniversity.edu/degree/thanatology.
UCSB Extension | PaCE
A stepping-stone to becoming a Child Life Specialist! Our FULLY ONLINE courses are designed to prepare you for CCLS Certification Exam
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As the industry leader, ZONO Technologies is a forward-thinking, innovative company that manufactures sustainable, renewable, and liquid chemical-free sanitizing cabinets, chambers, and rooms for child life specialist organizations and service providers. The ZONO kills 99.99% of common viruses and 99.9% of common bacteria in just 30 minutes. Our core purpose is to provide safe disinfecting and sanitizing solutions that protect the health and welfare of all people and the earth. To do so, we developed a system validated by independent laboratory testing which meets stringent standards set by the EPA and the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists. The ZONO product line is constantly being modified to progressively incorporate the latest sustainable concepts. It boasts zero-emissions engineering, minimal water usage, and only requires a standard household electrical circuit for power. All ZONO ozone cabinets are constructed of recyclable aluminum and consist of renewable components that are simple to replace, inexpensive to upgrade, and are designed for a 25-year lifespan.
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CaringBridge is a global, nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during hospitalization, treatment and recovery. Through the use of free, personal, protected websites and app, people easily share updates, receive encouragement and coordinate help from their community. CaringBridge provides control and a safe environment for people facing any health condition. Since 1997, over 850,000 CaringBridge websites have been created. Combined, those sites have received 4.4 billion visits. CaringBridge is shared by hundreds of organizations, hospitals and health systems with no financial or contractual obligations.
Explore a new family support resource today.
GiftsWithHope.com offers unique gifts for patients, and healthcare providers as well as opportunities to support important causes. To help those in need, all items may be purchased or donated through www.GiftsWithHope.com. Visit us today to send a message of hope and support - Because You Care.
Kids Kicking Cancer
The Heroes Circle program provides therapeutic martial arts classes and hospital visits for children, teens, and siblings. Our mission is to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally. Virtual classes, one-on-one sessions with martial artists, and tapped mini classes now offered. Martial Arts Super Power Kits available to order, includes empowerment coloring book and activities for children experiencing illness. All programs are cost-free for families.
Project Sunshine is an international nonprofit that brings joy and play to pediatric patients through a corps of over 20,000 volunteers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is one of the most effective methods of reducing stress in kids. We support pediatric patients through in-person volunteering, Activity Kits, and through TelePlay, our newest program. TelePlay provides play and social interactions led by trained volunteers to children at home or in the hospital via a HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform. Project Sunshine in-person volunteers bring joy and play, as well as human connection, to children 425+ medical facility partners across the country. Project Sunshine Activity Kits are an individualized packet of materials to inspire play and engagement that are provided to medical facility partners for use with children. The materials spark joy and provide therapeutic value to the physical and emotional healing process. To learn more about Project Sunshine visit ProjectSunshine.org
Wonders & Worries Registered Provider Program
Wonders & Worries
is an Austin-based non-profit providing psychosocial support services for children impacted by an adult’s illness. The curriculum has been validated both qualitatively and quantitatively, and is backed by many years of experience. It is available as a training opportunity for clinicians wishing to broaden their skill set with this population. The Registered Wonders & Worries Provider program provides training, consultation and ongoing support to clinicians who wish to become part of our network and support families within their hospitals or communities. In addition to the Registered Provider program, Wonders & Worries also offers training through webinars and online continuing education courses.
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Child's Play Charity
Child’s Play improves the lives of children in hospitals and other child facilities through the power of play. More information on our hospital partner and grant programs can be found at childsplaycharity.org
. We also love talking about game and technology and how they can be used in hospitals so reach out to us if you have any challenges or questions.
Fully Loaded Electronics
Fully Loaded Electronics is a one-stop solution for video games, tablets, virtual reality, mobile game carts, and other consumer electronics for patients. We specialize in loading and setting up video game consoles so that when they arrive at your hospital, they are ready to play, safely and securely!
For over 25 years, Kidzpace Interactive has been building game systems for healthcare facilities designed to offer kids and families an opportunity to smile during stressful times. Thousands of Kidzpace game systems are being enjoyed in hundreds of hospitals and clinics nationwide. They are perfect for donations and fundraising efforts and can offer built in on-screen donor recognition features too! A wide variety of models and options are available for use in waiting areas, playrooms, patient rooms, lobby spaces and family lounges.
Medcalm is the foremost provider of children's content, servicing many of the finest pediatric hospitals nationwide. Blue Monkey Planet is the first pediatric channel that provides relaxation and educational content as part of an innovative series of family-friendly video programs specifically designed for children. Blue Monkey Planet is designed for relaxation, healing, and fun. Hospitals and families can be assured that the content is suitable for children of all ages.
Private Social Networks
Relationship with patients, their families last longer than the patient's stay. Making and continuing deep connections means they develop more trust in your healthcare organization and choose you as their preferred provider. To deepen connections, you have to understand where your connection to the patient is currently weak and how you can strengthen it.
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