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 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. His quote, “Never underestimate the capacity of the very young, and never, never let them down,” has been the foundation of Penfield’s mission since 1967.
His knowledge and wisdom underlie our philosophy of care for infants and young children even today. Serving more than 1,500 children annually, Penfield offers high-quality, integrated services and a safe and stimulating environment for children, families, and community partners to maximize early development and learning.
The Via Marsi Montessori School Is Born
The Via Marsi Montessori School for Exceptional Children (aged 3 to 7 years with disabilities) opens its doors on 2433 W. Cherry Street, led by Dr Jon Osterkorn
Penfield Children’s Center
Via Marsi Montessori School for Exceptional Children relocates to 833 North 26th Street and changes its name to Penfield Children’s Center
Mario Montessori comes to the US
Mario Montessori comes to the US and visits the first school to use Montessori education with Children with Special Needs.
First Birth to Three Contract
Penfield obtains the first Birth to Three contract with Milwaukee County.
Penfield volunteer program is added
Tom Thomczyk becomes the second CEO of Penfield Children’s Center
First Annual CP/Ortho Diagnostic Clinic
The therapy program holds the first annual CP/Ortho Diagnostic Clinic for children enrolled at Penfield.
The Special Care Nursery opens for medically fragile children
Expansion to the Penfield campus
Expansion to the Penfield campus includes a circular drive, an eastward extension of the 26th Street entrance, an outdoor play yard/therapy area, a 40-space parking lot, an iron gate, fencing and landscaping.
The first Croquet Tournament
The first Croquet Tournament, a fundraising tradition that continues today, is held at Boerner Botanical Gardens.
Penfield Children’s Center is certified
Penfield Children’s Center is certified as an Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Norman Soref Children’s Clinic is added to the existing Penfield building
The 20,000 sq. ft. Norman Soref Children’s Clinic is added to the existing Penfield building, spanning our physical presence between 26th and 27th streets.
Penfield initiates the Parent Mentor Program
Penfield initiates the Parent Mentor Program and the Grandparent Volunteer Program.
Jim Ryan becomes the third President and CEO of PCC
Renovations at PCC
The first floor is renovated and classrooms are divided with walls instead of bolsters, gross motor room is added for indoor play space, Special Care Nursery moves downstairs.
Penfield is licensed as an inclusive, Early Childhood Education Child Care program.
The Birth to Three program transitions to serving children in their natural environments.
The Special Care Nursery expands from 8 to 16 cribs.
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Penfield 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.