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.


Ensuring children have positive early experiences from pregnancy through age 5 when the foundations for lifelong development are established.


All children realize their full potential.


Polina Makievsky
President & CEO
Kara Coleman
Chief Financial Officer, VP of Administration
Ann Becker
Vice President of Programs
Sharif Mansur
Vice President of People and Culture
Megan Wurz
Vice President of Development & Communications
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