About Penfield


Penfield Children's Center creates a positive start in life for infants and children, many of whom have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing early education, health services and family programming.

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We Bring Fresh Food to our Kids

Upgrades to our main kitchen and a new food prep space allow us to help our kids eat healthier.  
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Meet JJ

  JJ has a genetic disorder characterized by the body’s inability to produce myelin, the covering that protects the nerves and promotes the efficient transmission of nerve impulses.  Though JJ's challenges are great, Penfield gives him the support he needs.
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Meet Henry

Born prematurely with a heart defect, Henry required two heart surgeries shortly after birth.  He has made enormous progress while receiving therapy in the Special Care Nursery.

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Meet Mario

Mario has Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that prevents him from bending his arms and legs.  When he came to Penfield at a little over 5-months-old, he was unable to do much more than just lie on his back.  Two years later, there's nothing he can't do.
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“Never underestimate the
capacity of the very young, and never, never let them down”
- Dr. Wilder Penfield
  • Birth to 3 Services

  • Early Education and Child Care

  • Behavior Clinic

  • Special Care Nursery

  • Family Services

  • Outpatient Therapy Clinic

  • Kohl’s Building Blocks

  • How to Enroll a Child

Penfield Children’s Center was founded on the philosophy that we need to reach children with special needs as early as possible to give them the best start in life This means providing a system of coordinated early intervention services to promote positive development and support families during these critical early developmental years. Penfield’s Birth to Three program is available to children with a developmental delay or a diagnosed condition that puts them at risk for a delay. It provides...Read More
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The Early Education and Child Care program at Penfield Children's Center provides a nurturing day care environment where teachers and families work together to prepare children for school by promoting positive growth and development. The program uses a child-centered, exploratory approach to early learning, and a curriculum that focuses on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioral, and language development. Penfield’s Early Education and Child Care program is inclusive; meaning children...Read More
The Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center provides treatment services to children 5 years of age and younger who have significant behavior and emotional issues. A partnership between Penfield and Marquette University, the Behavior Clinic is the only program of its kind in Milwaukee offering family-centered, in-home treatment sessions that address issues very early in a child’s development to help prevent serious mental health issues from developing...Read More
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Penfield’s Special Care Nursery provides medical care, therapy, and education for children who have serious health issues and medical conditions in addition to developmental delays. In the Nursery, children play, learn and thrive in the company of other kids in a caring, stimulating environment; and their parents are given the support they need to best meet their child’s medical and developmental needs. The Nursery also provides respite from the stress parents or caregivers may experience while...Read More
Penfield Children's Center recognizes the vital role that families play in helping their children with developmental delays reach their full potential. Penfield's Family Services program helps families develop the skills necessary to foster their children's development and to stabilize the environment in which the children are raised. Family Services include:
  • Parent education workshops on a wide range of topics from toilet training to understanding behavior problems...Read More
Some children, after the age of three, continue to receive occupational, physical and speech therapy at Penfield Children's Center to supplement services that occur in the school system. This may include children through their teen years who require outpatient therapy to recover from surgery, accidents and injuries. Penfield offers therapy sessions before and after school and even during the lunch hour to accommodate family and school schedules. Read More
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Through generous support from Kohl’s Cares, the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program helps Penfield Children’s Center support children throughout surrounding Milwaukee-area communities in Wisconsin. This comprehensive program gives children in need access to early educational and developmental programs, services and equipment. Programs and services available through the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program include:

Child Development Services

Specialized and professional child development...Read More
If you are interested in enrolling your child at Penfield Children’s Center, please fill out the form below.  A Program Director from your program of interest will contact you soon with further questions or next steps for enrollment.  For immediate questions, please contact our front desk at 414-344-7676.Read More