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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.

 2019 Board Member Election Results

Congratulations to our two newly elected Board members: Lynne Long, Vice President and Meghan Landry, Member at Large B! Their two year terms started November 1. Thank you to all the NECLP members who voted! 

Exciting news! Save the dates!

NECLP's 15th annual conference in 2020 will be held from Sunday, October 25, through Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, NH! We are excited to offer this multi-day conference with more time for networking, socializing, and earning PDUs. 

We are currently seeking proposals from presenters for the conference, too. Find more information on our Events Page.




NECLP is dedicated to the educational, networking and professional development needs of child life professionals and students throughout New England.

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