Child Life 101

Are you interested in the child life profession? Do you think a child life career path sounds like a good fit for you, but you want learn more about it? Are you currently enrolled in college and studying the child life field but are looking for insight into how your study set is applied to daily real life situations? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this opportunity was created with you in mind.

You are invited to join us for Child Life 101 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The St. Jude Child Life Program is offering a half-day educational session for current child life students, future child life students and prospective interns with a realistic view of the Child Life role in a hospital setting. This is intended to be a beginner’s level introductory class to the child life profession.

Scheduled Events

10:45-11:15 am Registration
11:15-11:30 am Introductions
11:30 am-12:15 pm Play
12:15-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-1:45 pm Diagnostic Teaching
1:45-2:45 pm "A Day in the Life of a CLS"
2:45-3:30 pm Internships
3:30-4:30 pm Questions and Answers
  *If you arrive before 11:00, please do not enter the hospital but do feel free to visit the ALSAC gift shop. Gilft Shop hours are 8:30 am-4:30 pm, 7 days a week.
  ** Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided

Dates of Upcoming Sessions:

Cost* is $10 per person

This fee is to help provide lunch, refreshments, and take home materials.

Payment must be by credit card through online registration. Registration for Child Life 101 will begin soon.

No onsite registration is available.

*subject to change


To participate, all attendants must have a minimum educational level of high school senior.

Please note that no professional credit hours will be provided from this session.

All participants must have completed registration and received confirmation of acceptance from our staff to attend Child Life 101.

Business Casual Attire

Online Registration

Registration includes completed application and payment. Registration for Child Life 101 will begin soon.

St. Jude Hospital Tour

The child life staff will not be providing a tour of the facility during the Child Life 101 session. If you are interested in a general public tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please call (800) 877-5833, ext. 2041 or (901) 578-2041. You can also email us at

Local Hotel Accommodations:

If you decide that your visit will require an overnight stay, here is a list of a few local hotels that may meet your individual needs.

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel (Located 0.47 miles from hospital)
250 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (Located 0.31 miles from hospital)
300 N Second Street
Memphis, TN 38105
1 877 270 1393

Double Tree Hotel Downtown (Located 1.12 miles from hospital)
185 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Springhill Suites Downtown (Located 0.91 miles from hospital)
21 N Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103