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Child Life Services

Our Child Life specialists work in the inpatient and outpatient settings to enhance the emotional and social well-being of your child and family throughout your health care experience. They use developmentally supportive play and other activities to help your child and you understand and prepare for treatments and procedures, before, during and after hospitalization. Child Life specialists also may assist you as your child transitions from inpatient to outpatient care, to home care and, eventually, to school.

The following services and information are designed to assist you while you are trusting us with your child’s well-being.

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Our Support
Find the social and emotional care your child and you need, when and where you need it.

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Healthy Humor Clown Care
The Healthy Humor Clown Care program provides the comic relief children and families so often need.

Interactive entertainment through cctv

CCTV Shows
Check out the interactive entertainment programs in our Closed Circuit Television system.

Children's library family resource center

Our library offers many resources for children and families.

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We offer specialized medical events and developmentally supportive activities to help children and parents adjust.

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Energize your child and yourself by engaging in these special events.

Volunteer with child

Learn how you can help children and families visiting Hopkins Children’s have a positive experience.

The tools of Child LIfe

Training Programs
Explore training and internship programs in the Child Life department.


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