Harding Child Life Degree Program

Harding FCS classroom

The Harding University Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has earned academic endorsement through 2024 by the Association of Child Life Professionals for its child life undergraduate degree program. This makes Harding one of four undergraduate programs in the nation and the only program in the state of Arkansas to receive this endorsement.

The child life degree program prepares graduates to be child life specialists. Child life specialists are healthcare professionals highly trained in child development and psychosocial theories. They specialize in working with children, adolescents and family members in helping them cope with and understand stressful and traumatic situations. Child life specialists support patients and their families through developmentally appropriate education, preparation, play and distraction during procedures.     MORE

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