Month: September 2018

Become a Member with Child Life Disaster Relief

The strength of Child Life Disaster Relief is in it’s members.   Child Life Disaster Relief has 809 members engaged. Through our partnership with Children’s Disaster Services, we have 529 of those members trained for disaster response! When the unthinkable occurs we work to connect our members with our partners so that they may use their skills to …

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“Better than Kindergarten”: Reflections from the Texas Border Crisis

For a lot of us working as child life specialists, a daily walk into our playrooms may look like this: a colorful space with climbers and manipulatives just for infants and toddlers, a more hands on arts and crafts space for preschool and school aged children, a corner with books or board games, a play …

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Hurricane Florence Response Update

While the hurricane has come and gone, the flooding that ensues is still continuing to crest all over the east coast.  For families and responders providing support, this means there has been numerous changes, happening almost hourly, with road closures and shelter access.  Last Wednesday, some of our CLDR members travelled over 6 hours from …

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Six CLDR Members Deploying to Help Hurricane Florence Survivors

Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina coast late last week and has left thousands of people without power, homes, and the security of what was known.  Most devastating has been the flooding that has taken the death toll from Hurricane Florence up to 32 (as of today).   This week we have a total of …

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“A mí tambien”: Torie Miele working with Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria survivors at Camp Noah

It has been said that play is the language of children. I decided to put this concept, partnered with my basic Spanish skills, to the ultimate test by volunteering at Camp Noah, a day camp designed to provide support and preparation to children who have experienced a disaster. This week’s camp was focused on children …

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