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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.

NECLP board election results: 

As of November 1, we have a new board member! Sarah Framarin was elected as Member at Large A! Rachel Alley, previously serving as Vice President, was elected President! Karen Swartz was re-elected as Secretary! Since Rachel has moved into the President position, this will leave the Vice President position empty until it is due for election in 2019. Thank you to all who voted, and congratulations to our newly elected board members! 


Our annual fall conference was a huge success! 

We had a great turnout and wonderful sessions at our conference at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. This is one of our favorite days of the year, and we hope our members and attendees enjoyed the day and learned a lot!  


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

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