Deep in the Heart of Child Life


TACLP Members,
I’m excited to write the first blog for 2018 on behalf of the new TACLP Board. Even though it’s only February, we have been working on and discussing some exciting things we wanted to share with you.

Committee Interest Forms
These went out via email a few days ago and are due on February 15. If you did not receive the email, please contact me at and I’m happy to forward it to you.

We anticipate the following commitments from committee members:
1. 12-month commitment (March 1st- March 1st)
2. Participation in regular conference calls
3. Completion of tasks as identified by the Committee Chair and committee members

Professional Development Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Exploring professional development options across Texas
· Collaborating with conference committee to score and choose abstracts for the TACLP conference 2018
· Researching relevant PD partnerships to further support members

 Conference Planning Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Reviewing abstracts for conference presentation at TACLP 2018 Conference on October 27, 2018
· Targeting the review of abstracts in mid-April to end of May
· A short term commitment

 Student Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Improving awareness of educational opportunities in Texas
· Increasing student membership
· Creating resources for students about practicum and internship settings
· Facilitating communication about student and educator needs

 Outreach Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Increasing membership
· Improving awareness of the organization
· Partnership with like-minded organizations
· Sponsorship by like-minded organizations

Website Updates

We would love for you to check out the website and see the great updates that Sarah, the Webmaster has made.


We have created a “Child Life Students” tab where we have listed the Child Life 101 workshops in Texas and will be adding information about the Child Life Practicum and Child Life Internship programs.

If you have a Child Life 101 Workshop that is not added, please email and let us know and we will be happy to add it.

We will also be posting “job openings” around Texas on the website as well. It is up to the program leadership to email us at with your job opening, and permission to post it as well as to remember to contact us to remove the opening once it is filled and closed.


2017-2018 Board Member Goals


Below is a list of the goals the board will be working on for this year:


  1. Creating a database so it tracks when people have joined and has emails included. 
  2. Advocate for Activity Coordinator and Child Life Assistant participation and continuing education at conference and throughout the year.
  1. Creating comprehensive list of hospital and university programs.
  2. Social media presence.
  • Help us leverage and target people
  • Create Facebook page for people to “like”
  1. Mentoring people who are a one-person program.
  2. Networking within cities.


2018 TACLP Conference/Conference Abstracts

Just a reminder that this year’s conference will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, TX

Call for Abstracts-be on the lookout within the next month for the Call for Abstracts!

We hope to get to work with you all throughout the year on committees and see you all at conference in October! Here’s to a GREAT year for us all “Deep in the Heart of Texas!”

Krista Stringer, MS, CCLS
President, TACLP