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 Special Care 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:
• Registered Nurses (RNs)
• Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
• Special Education Teachers
• Medically-Trained Early Education Teachers
• Physical and Occupational Therapists
• Speech Language Pathologists
• Social Workers

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 Nursery serves children from birth to age five with chronic health conditions including, but not limited to, the following:
• Cardiac disorders
• Cerebral palsy
• Chronic lung disease
• Down syndrome
• Failure to thrive
• Genetic disorders
• Intrauterine growth restriction
• Joint and muscular disorders
• Prematurity (including micro-preemies)
• Seizure disorders
• Traumatic brain injuries

Hours of Care
The Special Care Nursery is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30-5:30pm. Care schedules are based on each child’s individual needs.

Special Care Nursery Transportation
Transportation is available for children in the Special Care Nursery who qualify. 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 can also transport their children.



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

Penfield Children’s Center is named in honor of Dr. Wilder Penfield (1891-1976), a world-renowned neurosurgeon who strongly advocated early intervention for children with developmental delays and disabilities.