ACLP is the leading membership association devoted to professionals in the child life profession worldwide. When you join ACLP, the work that we do together supports the growth, access, and awareness of the child life profession.

The Individual Membership level is designed for individuals who specialize in child life. From professional and retired, to student and international, there are six membership categories available to individuals. 


Individual Membership Types

ACLP is pleased to offer six individual membership categories. The following describes each individual membership level.

Please note: Memberships may not be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred, in whole or part, and are non-refundable. Individual members (excluding Students) have a 30-day grace period after their expiration date to pay their dues without penalty. A $25 fee will be applied to their account on the 31st day.

Member Benefits

ACLP Members have access to a variety of exclusive resources, opportunities, and more.

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In addition, members receive discounts on:


“ACLP Membership has been helpful in my professional development over the past 20 years!”

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Membership Access Program

Funded by Disney, the ACLP Membership Access Program provides a free ACLP Professional or Student Membership.

To apply, individuals must have not been an ACLP member within the last five years as well as meet all criteria for professional/student membership.

Applicants from underrepresented groups will receive priority consideration.

Not currently accepting applications.

Not currently accepting applications.

ACLP Hardship Waiver Program

Funded by Disney, this program waives payment of annual membership dues for individuals with proven financial hardship. Hardship Waivers are by invite-only. If an expired member in their grace period qualifies, the link to apply will be emailed to them. Applications must be submitted within 30 days after membership expiration.

Hardship waivers are granted for one year and requests for hardship waivers must be re-submitted annually. A member may be granted no more than two hardship waivers.

ACLP Professional Code of Conduct

ACLP is committed to providing a professional, safe, and welcoming environment for all.

To maintain a standard of conduct that upholds the integrity of the association as well as to ensure individuals are demonstrating professional conduct, all members must adhere to the ACLP Professional Code of Conduct.

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