Our Mission

We, as child life professionals, strive to promote a positive health care experience for children, youth and families.

Our Vision

The Child Life Services department consistently advocates for the optimal growth, development and emotional well being of infants, children and adolescents in the health care setting. This services we provide take a holistic and diverse approach to meeting the social and emotional needs of each child, adolescent and family we serve.

The Child Life Services department works with patients and families to develop ways to cope with fear, anxiety, and separation from friends and family by using play, music, art, recreation and education techniques.

The Child Life Team Includes:

  • Child Life Manager
  • Child Life Supervisor
  • Expressive Arts Supervisor
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Child Life Assistants 
  • Art Therapists
  • Music Therapist
  • School Teachers
  • Project Coordinator 
  • Child Life Interns
  • Child Life Practicum Students
  • Art Therapy Interns
  • Art Enrichment Interns

Child Life Services Hours

These professionals are available between the following hours:

Weekday Hours Weekend Hours
Child Life Specialists
6:30am - 11:30pm 
Child Life Specialists
8:30am - 11:30pm 
School Teacher
8:00am - 4:30pm
Art Therapy
8:00am - 4:30pm
Music Therapy
8:00am - 4:30pm

Pre-Admission Tours

In preparation for your child's upcoming surgery or hospitalization, walking tours of the hospital can be conducted upon request. You may also want to view "Amanda's Surgery Adventure", an award winning video developed in part by a St. Louis Children's Hospital Child Life Specialist. For additional information about pre-admission tours and hospital visits for patients and families, please call 314.454.6178 or contact a Certified Child Life Specialist directly.