How It Works

We know hospitals are not in the business of child care. Yet, many nurses and other staff find themselves minding children in waiting areas, hallways, and exam rooms. We've heard from many of them. While these compassionate individuals are happy to help, it is not an ideal situation.

Instead of having kids hang-out in places that aren't particularly child-friendly or safe, it is our vision to give them a special place to call their own, feel comfortable, and have fun.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create community partnerships to help bring this needed service to hospital campuses.  My Little Waiting Room advises interested hospitals on site development from concept to opening day.  This includes funding and operational models and community marketing strategies.  Hospital partners provide the space, maintenance and housekeeping, build-out of the room, and administrative oversight.  The hospital contracts with a licensed, third-party child care provider that operates the site, providing trained professional and background checked staff as well as all necessary insurance coverage and operational best practices.  Fundraising is jointly conducted by My Little Waiting Room and the hospital site partner. Hospitals wishing to open a My Little Waiting Room sign a name licensing agreement.

Sharing Our Vision

We launched our first site at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and our second at Providence Portland Medical Center contracting both with Volunteers of America Oregon to run the day-to-day operations. We are capturing all of the information and lessons learned so that we may share the findings with other hospitals. We want to spread these “best practices” to make it even easier and quicker for other hospitals to provide this needed service.