A hospital can be a stressful and confusing place, especially for young people. Because Carle provides family-centered care, our child life specialists work with children in all areas of our hospital, including pediatric patients and siblings and children of adult patients.
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.
Thanks to Carle's commitment to children and families, Child Life services are offered free of charge. Child Life Specialists support pediatric patients, siblings of patients, and children of adult patients who are in critical care.
If you believe your child could benefit from this service, ask any healthcare professional to request a consultation with one of Carle's Certified Child Life Specialists.
Our Child Life program is made possible in part by generous donations to the Carle 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, please visit our donation page.
2020 Holiday Donation drop-off times:
December 7: Noon - 5 p.m.
December 8: 2 - 7 p.m.
December 10: 2 - 7 p.m.
December 15: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
December 17: 2 - 7 p.m.
December 21: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
*Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (217) 383-4052 to schedule your drop-off. All items will be quarantined for 42 hours prior to being given out.
The Child Life Practicum is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life.
Learn more about the program here.
With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.