Our Story

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. Our programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also helping pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients.

enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child–regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.

Being in the hospital is scary and can be especially intimidating for children. There are weird sounds, unfamiliar equipment, and big words they may not understand. But most frightening of all is their lack of control in this environment.

We help a child who has endured countless tests to feel hopeful and better cope with treatment. We provide comfort to the child watching a sibling go through numerous rounds of chemotherapy. We help a mother feel joy after seeing her child smile for the first time in their two-week hospital visit.

We hear the concerns of parents of hospitalized children. We understand the fears and challenges that they experience. We listen to the needs of our hospital partners and help them promote well-being and healing for these children and families. Through our programs and support of 330 pediatric facilities across the country, children and families can have a brighter, more positive hospital experience.

Read More About Our Impact Over the Years

Fall 2019 Newsletter
Fall 2019 Newsletter
Summer 2019 Newsletter
2018 Annual Report