Who We Are


Children of Bellevue (CoB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to initiate, fund, and develop programs that improve the health and well-being of children at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

We are advocates for pediatric patients and their families and are dedicated to alleviating the pain, loneliness, and fear that can accompany childhood hospitalization. We also seek to enhance early development and school-readiness in children at-risk of falling behind due to family poverty. All of our life-changing programs are made possible solely through philanthropic donations.


Children of Bellevue’s history of providing compassionate care to the hospital’s youngest patients began many years ago with a washing machine.

In 1949, all of the children at Bellevue Hospitals were required to wear the same plain gown as tracking personal clothing items was deemed too problematic for the hospital’s centralized laundry facility. Believing that wearing their own pajamas would boost the children’s morale, a group of female volunteers who frequented the wards raised funds to install a washing machine specifically for these items. Fueled by the success of their first project, the women soon sought other ways to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children of Bellevue Hospital, eventually founding our organization.


The lasting use of a phrase coined at Bellevue – “tender love and care” (or “TLC”) – stands as a testament to the success of those early volunteers. What began as a concerted effort to deliver companionship, support, and smiles to the pediatric patients of Bellevue Hospital has since evolved into a professional organization on the front lines of pediatric care – developing, funding, and delivering world-class therapeutic programs, innovative services, and thought-provoking research in support of children nationwide.

25 Mar 2022

Statement of Support

The Board of Directors of Children of Bellevue (CoB) is proud to support the rights of every individual to have access to the medical care and mental health services which enable them to thrive and flourish. During this National LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week, we are excited to...

13 Jun 2020

In the Face of Bigotry and Hate – Let’s Reaffirm Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2020 NEW YORK, NY – At Children of Bellevue, we are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the numerous other racially targeted attacks on the Black community that have occurred around the...

01 Apr 2020

Help Front Line Staff Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is urgent. At NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, we are fighting on the front lines to protect all of us during the COVID-19 Coronavirus global pandemic. This public health crisis needs to be met with a once-in-a-lifetime response to support our hospital, our staff, and our patients....