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The mission of the Child Life department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is to advocate for the psychosocial, developmental, emotional and educational needs of all our patients and families. Child Life specialists strive to create a supportive environment, while helping empower patients and their families to make decisions affecting their care.


Our Programs

Our child life specialists help your family have a positive experience during your child's outpatient visit or hospital stay.

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For Patients & Families

We believe that health care staff and the family are partners who work together to meet the needs of each child.

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Education & Training

We offer a variety of programs to prepare students studying to become child life specialists.

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Donating to Child Life Services

Donations of toys, games, stuffed animals and crafts are always welcome throughout the year and are things we rely on to make the hospital a more kid friendly place.

Donations make it possible for a child’s hospital experience to be a positive one. Patients and families are very appreciative of all gifts and are touched by your generosity to help make the hospital stay more comfortable.

Make a donation to Child Life Services today.

Host an Event

Are you an individual, organization, or group who wants to entertain our patients and their families? Review the guidelines for events and apply!

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