Child Life Program

 En Espanol Programa de Vida Infantil

Child Life Program

Creating a child-friendly healing environment to minimize fears, encourage normalization and promote optimal development, as a way to help each child and their family navigate the hospital experience.


Utilizing knowledge of family systems and child development, the child life specialist provides patients and families intervention through therapeutic play, medical education, procedural preparation and distraction, and encourages coping strategies as a means to guide and empower, specific to each child's developmental background and culture.

At Wyckoff Refer to Child Life
® Pediatric Playroom ® New Diagnosis
® Music Therapy Program ® Scheduled for Procedure/Surgery
® Magician/Clown  ® Difficulty Coping with Hospitalization  
® Animal Assisted Pet Therapy ® Difficulty Coping with Procedure/Medication 
® NYC DOE Hospital School Program ® Developmental Delay 
® Volunteer Supports ® Sibling Support 
® Monthly Calendar Events/Celebrations  ® School Re-entry  
                    ® Bereavement  

Partnering Together  


Using evidence-based practice to meet the needs of infants, children, youth, and families

as they cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, and treatment. 

 Margaret Foster, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist, Pediatrics

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Rm. 8-30     

374 Stockholm Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Office 347-473-7919 Cell 917-771-1001

For Donations:

See Wyckoff website

      “Ways to Give” page for          

information and Child Life

Program Wish List.