The mission of the Child Life Department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is to advocate for the psychosocial, developmental, emotional and educational needs of all our patients and families. We strive to create a supportive environment, while helping empower patients and their families to make decisions affecting their care.
Getting Ready for Your Hospital Visit
What is Child Life?
Meet the Child Life Team
Preparing your child for a hospital stay
What happens when you go for a test
Words you may hear in the hospital
Book resources fo parents
Online Activities and Education for Kids
Patient Coloring Book
Starlight Children's Foundation Games and Activities
VIDEO: "When your classmate has cancer"
VIDEO: "Same Day Surgery"
If you are interested in donating to our patients, follow the links below:
Patient Wish List
Starlight Children's Foundation
Groups and Visitors
The Child Life Department is responsible for scheduling outside entertainment and groups for the benefit of our patients. A variety of personalities and organizations generously give of their time to help make our patients' stays a little brighter.
Special Visitor Policy
The Child Life Department relies on dedicated volunteers every day. Volunteers are primarily responsible for overseeing the playrooms, visiting patients at the bedside and assisting with scheduled special events.
If you are interested in volunteering with Child Life, follow the link below:
Apply to Be a Volunteer
The Child Life Department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital offers a 640 hour (16 week) comprehensive internship for Fall and Spring semesters. Our program is designed for students or graduates in the discipline of child development or related areas who have fieldwork experience with hospitalized children, and are seeking to enter the Child Life profession. A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) will supervise the student while he/she participates in clinical experiences with children and families. To be an eligible candidate you must be a college senior or college graduate and possess:
- At least 100 hours of practicum experience within a child life department under the direct supervision of a CCLS.
- At least 100 hours of volunteer work experience with infants, toddlers, school-age and adolescents.
- Successful completion and documentation of the core curriculum classes, including a course taught by a CCLS as approved by a Child Life Council Eligibility Assessment/Coursework Review
We accept one intern for fall (August to December) and one intern for spring (January to May) semester. Our interns will gain experience with a wide variety of patients. Rotation options typically consist of the following units: Infant/Toddler General Medicine, School-age/Adolescent Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Transitional Care Unit, Dialysis, Emergency Department, Procedure Center, Diagnostic Imaging and Outpatient Surgery.
We can only accept interns affiliated with a college or university.
Child Life Internship Application
The purpose of the child life practicum program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is to prepare students for child life internships. This eight week/120 hour practicum is offered in the summer semester, generally during June and July. Practicum students will attend interactive seminars and can expect to gain knowledge while observing and participating in the job duties of certified child life specialists. The practicum consists of two, four week rotations, gaining experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Child Life Practicum Application