March Is Child Life Month

Read the official proclamation from the Governor of Texas declaring March 2019 Child Life Month.

Read the official proclamation from the Governor of Maryland declaring March 2019 Child Life Month.

Special thanks to Divna Wheelwright who made it possible for ACLP to advertise child life on a billboard within Metro Detroit, Michigan throughout March.

See Why We Love Child Life in special video messages below: 

Jennifer Lipsey

Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS

ACLP Board of Directors

James Fahner, MD, FAAP

Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/ BMT/ Palliative Care
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Cara Sisk, PhD, CCLS

Child Life Program Director
Tennessee Technological University

Bailey Kasten, CAE

Chief Operating Officer

Meagan Roloff, MA, CCLS

Director, Member Engagement & Partnerships

Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS

Clinical Director - Division of Child Life & Integrative Care
Cincinnati Children's

Divna Wheelwright, MA, CCLS

Manager of Child Life
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Celebrate Child Life Professionals Everywhere

Throughout the month, we will recognize the invaluable work and volunteerism of our members - in hospitals, academia, and non-traditional settings. See the breadth and depth of child life experience in their profiles.

Volunteer Profiles

The ACLP Board and staff are grateful for the hard work of a dedicated network of volunteers who use their time and talents to advance the profession and support the child life community. Beginning the week of March 10, volunteer profiles will be featured on the website. We invite you to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these passionate and committed volunteers during Child Life Month.

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Educator Profiles

Academic professionals and internship coordinators play a vital role in the future of the child life profession. Their guidance and expertise ensure that new child life professionals are competent, skilled, and ready to positively affect the lives of children and families. Beginning the week of March 17, educator profiles will be featured on the website. Please join us in recognizing the dedication and commitment of all who educate and guide aspiring child life professionals.

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Community-Based Profiles

For many years, child life professionals have been a consistent and valued presence in medical settings that provide pediatric care. As the field of child life has evolved, Certified Child Life Specialists have successfully integrated their unique skills set into alternative settings like funeral homes, schools, hospice centers, and shelters. Beginning the week of March 24, profiles of child life professionals working in community-based settings will be featured on the website. Join us as we celebrate the support they provide to children and families experiencing stressful situations.

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One-Person Program Conference Scholarship Winners

Two ACLP members are the lucky recipients of One-Person Program Conference Scholarships, funded through the generosity of enCourage Kids Foundation.

Shira Zipursky, MSc, CCLS

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Charlottetown, PE, Canada

Morinsola Keshinro, MS, CCLS

Dignity Health, Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Northridge, CA

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all of the #ChildLifeMonth happenings, including weekly contests and opportunities to show off your #ChildLifeMonth celebrations.

Be sure to use #ChildLifeMonth on your social media posts to join in on the conversation.


How Do You Celebrate Child Life Month?

We hope you'll share your stories with us so we can use them to inspire others. Show us how you celebrate by posting on social media with #ChildLifeMonth or email us at