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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.

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. We are hoping to hold our March child life event in Providence and our previous presenter has already committed to rescheduling with us.

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.

 

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Annual Fall Conference

It is with great disappointment that the NECLP board has decided to CANCEL the 15th Annual Fall Conference that was going to take place from October 25-27, 2020 in Meredith, NH.  We were very excited to be offering a 3 day conference at the beautiful Mill Falls at the Lake resort.  However, it has become apparent that many health care institutions within the New England area are still uncertain on what they will be allowing for business travel and financial support for staff for the remainder of the calendar year due to the Covid pandemic.  Planning such an event requires a certain amount of attendees to be fiscally responsible.  For the above reason, and in an effort to be respectful of presenters and attendees time, we felt it was best to make this difficult decision sooner than later. We hope to provide an equally exciting and education experience in 2021 so stay tuned! 

 

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2020 Upcoming Board Member Election
President, Secretary, and Member-at-Large (A) positions on the board are up for re-election this summer. To receive more information about the nomination process to either self-nominate or to nominate another person by July 22nd, please click here. The details of board positions and the election process are in the by-laws in the About Us section of this website .
 

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

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