A hospital can be a stressful and confusing place, especially for young people. Because Carle Health provides family-centered care, our child life specialists work with children in all areas of our hospital, including pediatric patients, siblings and children of adult patients.
Child Life Services are available in Champaign-Urbana at Carle Foundation Hospital, and in our greater Peoria region at Carle Health Methodist, Proctor and Pekin.
Carle Foundation Hospital: If you believe your child could benefit from this service, ask any healthcare professional to request a consultation with one of Carle Foundation Hospital Certified Child Life Specialists.
We can be contacted by calling (217) 326-1929 or by emailing email@example.com.
Carle Health Methodist, Proctor & Pekin: Contact the greater Peoria team Monday to Friday, by calling (309) 671-2145 or emailing PSA_childlife@carle.com.
At Carle, your child is our first priority. From a routine checkup, developmental or chronic health conditions, to severe acute illness, our team of specialists work together to care for children and all of their care needs. Our pediatric care teams combine compassion and expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat children and adolescent patients through individualized care.FIND A DOCTOR VISIT INSTITUTE
Our expert team cares for children, teens and families through education, support and making healthcare experiences as easy and normal as possible. Our work makes children feel more relaxed and improves communication among our patients, families and healthcare teams.
In addition to in hospital services, Child Life services at Carle Health Methodist, Proctor or Pekin are happy to provide pre-surgical or pre-admission tours of their facilties to help lesson anxiety that children may have. There are also several books available to help prep children for events such as outpatient surgery, EEG tests, VCUGs and endoscopy tests. Contact the Peoria team for access to these services.
Make a donation to Child Life in Greater Peoria by participating in the Spirit of Children fundraiser. Spirit Halloween and Carle Health are once again teaming up. With the 10 for 10 coupon, you can save 10% off your entire order in store and Spirit will give 10% to our Child Life Program. Click here to access at 10% off coupon for multiple Spirit Halloween locations throughout Greater Peoria.
Our Child Life program is made possible in part by generous donations to the Carle Health Center for Philanthropy. Donations enhance and strengthen the program by advancing the expertise of our Child Life Specialists, providing educational materials to patients and families, and purchasing supplies to help children cope during stressful health-related events.
If you would like to support the Child Life program at Carle Foundation Hospital, please visit our donation page.
If you would like to support the Child Life program in greater Peoria, please visit their wishlist here.
The Child Life Practicum at Carle Health is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. Practicum experiences are offered at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL and Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL.
Learn more about the program here. *Carle Foundation Hospital is accepting applications at this time. Please check back regarding Summer 2024 practicum opportunities. Applications for summer practicum placements are typically due in early January.
The Child Life team in greater Peoria also has a practicum experience open to individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life. For more information about Peoria opportunities please contact the team at (309) 671-2145 or by emailing PSA_childlife@carle.com.
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