My Little Waiting Room offers a fun, safe, drop-in child care environment for children whose families are tending to medical appointments or visiting patients at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center or Providence Portland Medical Center. The program is designed specifically for children aged 6 weeks to 10 years old.

Operated by Volunteers of America Oregon, the service is professionally staffed and fully licensed to care for up to 15 children at a time at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and 12 at Providence Portland Medical Center.

Drop-in care is available, however, if you plan to have an appointment at the hospital, we highly recommend you reserve a space in advance for your children at My Little Waiting Room. If you require more than 90 minutes of care, reservations are required. For reservations, please call

503-216-6597, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
503-215-5400, Providence Portland Medical Center
or email us.

To ease the check-in process, please read the Policies and Agreement Form and pre-register before coming in for your first visit.

The service is funded solely by donations. We encourage a suggested donation of $10 per family/per visit. If you would like to donate to My Little Waiting Room, you can do so online. We also welcome donations of new books, toys, and craft supplies. Our wish list can be found on Pinterest.

To protect hospital patients and visitors, all children in care are required to be fever free and symptom free for at least 24 hours prior to drop-off.

My Little Waiting Room closure days are as follows:

  • Monday, January 2 (New Year's Holiday)
  • Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Thursday, January 19 Close at 12 p.m. (Staff Meeting)
  • Friday, March 3 Close at 2 p.m. (Staff Meeting)
  • Tuesday, April 4 Close at 12 p.m. (Staff Training)
  • Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 2 Close at 2 p.m. (Staff Meeting)
  • Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Monday, August 21
  • Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)
  • Friday, September 22 Close at 2 p.m. (Staff Meeting)
  • October TBD (Staff Training)
  • Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • Friday, December 15 Close at 2 p.m. (Staff Meeting)
  • Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

My Little Waiting Room was created by two Portland moms to help families make and keep medical appointments. Read more about them and the My Little Waiting Room project.