The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit (CCU) is a community outreach program of the Big Apple Circus, a not-for-profit performing arts organization representing the finest classical circus in America
Using juggling, mime, magic, and music, the CCU's specially trained "doctors of delight" bring the joy and excitement of classical circus to the bedsides of hospitalized children three to five days each week, 50 weeks per year. The CCU makes "clown rounds" a parody of medical rounds where humor is the chief treatment. The clown doctors are professional performers who work one-on-one with hospitalized children, their parents, and hospital staff to ease the stress of serious illness by reintroducing laughter and fun as natural parts of life.
Through the generosity of the Garrett Smith Foundation, the Clown Care Unit is an integral part of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.