How to Become a Child Life Program Director

Step 1: Understand the job description and responsibilities of a Child Life Program Director

What does a Child Life Program Director do?

A Child Life Program Director manages and directs pediatric programs, therapies, and activities among young patients. Evaluates programs and recommends changes to improve care for childhood hospitalizations or disabilities. Being a Child Life Program Director requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to top management. The Child Life Program Director typically manages through subordinate managers and professionals in larger groups of moderate complexity. Provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility. May give input into developing the budget. Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments. To be a Child Life Program Director typically requires 3+ years of managerial experience.

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Based on our compensation data, the estimated salary potential for Child Life Program Director will increase 16 % over 5 years.

02/16/2020: Mobile, AL

in Child Life, certification as Child Life Specialist required.  Associate and Full Professor eligible with Ph.D.

12/20/2019: Salem, OR

The Child Life program at Edgewood College is the only school in Wisconsin that offers students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate major or a graduate degree in Child Life.

11/29/2019: Longview, TX

The Child Life undergraduate program prepares students for careers as Child Life Specialists in both hospitals and alternative settings, who provide psychosocial care for children and advocacy to families.

02/06/2020: Duluth, MN

Stein Child Life Program at CHAM recognizes the unique emotional and developmental needs of children and their families throughout their healthcare experience.

12/01/2019: Fresno, CA
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Step 2: Learn best tips to become a Child Life Program Director

Best tips for those who want to become a Child Life Program Director

Here are some tips to become a Child Life Program Director.

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Child Life – must be taught by a CCLS.

12/13/2019: Atlanta, GA

Child Development – must cover growth/development from birth to 18 years.

01/08/2020: Gastonia, NC

Additional courses in Child Life or related content area (Human Anatomy/Physiology; Medical Terminology; Ethics).

02/22/2020: Baltimore, MD

Supervises and directs a staff of certified child life specialists, art, recreational and music therapists, and resident dog handlers in providing paly activities, preparation and procedural support to meet the developmental and psychological needs of pediatric patients and their family members.

12/19/2019: Tacoma, WA
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Step 3: View best colleges and universities for Child Life Program Director

Best colleges and universities for Child Life Program Director

  • Butler University
  • Carroll College
  • Cooper Union
  • High Point University
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College

Step 4: Think about whether is it worth to be a Child Life Program Director

Is being a Child Life Program Director Worth it?

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Child Life Certification Commission (CLCC) CLCC Overview.

02/02/2020: Richland, WA

The Journal of Child Life Journal Submission Guidelines & Instructions.

12/19/2019: Ventura, CA

Networking Regional Child Life Groups International Child Life Groups.

01/08/2020: Ogden, UT

The Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Child Life Program Director will lead the Child Life, Arts for Healing and Resident Dog Programs.

02/24/2020: Lynchburg, VA

The Program Director will serve as the leader directing programs that provide developmental and psychosocial patient support through recreational and therapeutic interventions in a wide-range of care settings reporting under the Children's Hospital.

02/28/2020: Helena, MT
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Step 5: Prepare relevant skills for being a Child Life Program Director

What skills do you need to be a Child Life Program Director?

Management is no easy task, and as such, the skill requirements for these types of roles vary greatly.  Chief skills for this role are: Children's Activities, Program Evaluation, Program Management, Operational Policy Development, Family Support.  You would need to be proficient in the following: Electronic health records (EHR) Software.  Expertise in these areas will help you land this, or a similar role.

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Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychiatric experience preferred.

01/23/2020: Richland, WA

Experience leading and understanding of Department of Family Protective Services Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards.

02/06/2020: Concord, NH

Less than one year experience as Child Life Specialist.

12/23/2019: Daytona Beach, FL

in Child Life, certification as Child Life Specialist required.  Associate and Full Professor eligible with Ph.D.

12/31/2019: Pierre, SD

Child Life internships provide hands-on experience and prepare you for certification.

02/24/2020: Flagstaff, AZ
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Step 6: View average salary for Child Life Program Director

How much does a Child Life Program Director make?

The average salary range for a Child Life Program Director is from $89,225 to $133,467. The salary will change depending on your location, job level, experience, education, and skills.

Salary range for a Child Life Program Director
$89,225 to $133,467

Step 7: Find relevant Child Life Program Director jobs, and apply.

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