Special Care Nursery


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 caring for a medically fragile child and time for them to care for other children, work, go to school, or rest. 

A professional team of Penfield specialists works with families to develop a customized and coordinated plan of medical monitoring, education and therapy designed to advance their child’s development and to help them become medically stable. The fundamental purpose of the Special Care Nursery is to improve each child’s quality of life, now and in the future. 

Special Care Nursery medical staff includes a registered nurse (RN), a licensed practical nurse (LPN), and four certified nursing assistants (CNA’s). In addition, special education teachers provide early learning experiences; speech, physical and occupational therapists provide services prescribed by each child’s primary health care provider. 

Social workers and parent mentors serve as a critical support system for parents. They help families meet their basic needs through referrals to community resources, help coordinate multiple doctor and hospital appointments, provide translation services, and help parents advocate for their children.

Placement in the Special Care Nursery

The Special Care Nursery provides care for children who experience:

  • Prematurity and / or very low birth weight
  • Potentially life threatening / chronic respiratory or cardiac problems (with or without apnea monitor)
  • Extreme susceptibility to respiratory infections
  • Immobility and without ability to defend self
  • Failure to thrive / significantly underweight
  • Hypersensitivity to sensory stimulation
  • Frequent or uncontrolled seizures which require monitoring
  • Involvement with children’s palliative care/hospice program
  • Require multiple medications and medication monitoring 

Hours of Care

The Nursery is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30-5:00pm. Schedules of care are based on each child’s individual needs. 

Special Care Nursery Transportation

Transportation is available for children in the Nursery. All Penfield vehicles have trained staff on board during transport to address health concerns which could arise during a trip to or from the Center. Parents may transport their child as well.


For more information, please call Penfield at 414-344-7676.

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Our Mission Statement

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.

Penfield Facts

Since 1967, Penfield has been providing early intervention services for low income families with children with special needs, as well as integrated childcare.