New England Child Life Professionals began in June 2005. A handful of local Child Life Specialists aimed to recreate a former regional Child Life networking group. At the same time, a group of Child Life directors were beginning to develop a forum for information sharing. These two groups merged and NECLP, Inc. was born in 2006.
We endeavor to be a community of Child Life professionals who represent all aspects of child life. Our board currently represents over 40 years of experience working in various areas. In October 2006, we had our first one day conference; the conference continues to be an annual event, attended by approximately 100 professionals and students. We have also held networking nights; these sessions, now offered each March in celebration of Child Life Month, enrich who we are as professionals. Various child life specialists have graciously offered their sites for these successful events. We continue to collect annual membership dues in order to sponsor these events.
Executive Board Elections
Thank you for voting!
The new executive board members will be announced at conference on October 23rd.
Annual Fall Conference
The 2023 Fall Conference will be held on Monday October 23, 2023 at
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT.
You can find more information about the 2023 Fall Conference here.
Calling All Webinar Presenters!
Would you like to be our next presenter?
The NECLP, Inc. Board is currently seeking Webinar and October conference presenters. Please click below for specific details and the application. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.
The Board's Commitment and Appreciation
Please know that your board members are committed to keeping the NECLP community and organization connected, growing, and moving forward. We deliberately made the choice to not rush into a virtual 15th annual conference. We are committed to our members to research and learn the best platforms and ways to possibly present virtual educational opportunities to you in the future but did not want to start with a 3 day rushed timeline. We also value the networking opportunities that our NECLP events provide and once allowed to do so in this new world of ours, the board will look into such events.
While this year has been nothing any of us could have ever imagined, for more reasons than one, please know all the board members truly understand the challenges many of you have faced, be it personally or professionally. We greatly appreciate the commitment, dedication, compassion we are sure you have, and will continue to provide, to so many children, families, and staff members during these challenging times and, because we are CCLS (or other health care providers) we tend to care for others before ourselves, so your NECLP board is asking you to be sure to care for yourself as well. Find what rejuvenates you. Find what brings you peace. Find what brings you happiness.