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The Catholic Community Foundation provided a generous grant of $10,000 to support the Special Care Nursing Services at Penfield Children’s Center.
Penfield Children’s Center’s Special Care Nursing Services serve children from birth to school age with chronic health conditions and medical challenges. Nursing staff provide care, therapy, and education for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable children. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Penfield continued to provide a safe environment for children in-center and for those who receive services virtually.
Layonni was born with spastic cerebral palsy, vision conditions, and sensory issues. Due to her health challenges, Layonni has significant muscle tightness and limited movement so she is unable to sit up. At six months old, Layonni was referred to Penfield through the Milwaukee County Birth to Three Early Intervention Program and started receiving occupational therapy in her home. After growing to trust our
staff, Layonni’s mom, Rene, enrolled her in Penfield’s medically-based daycare in the Special Care Nursery. Learn more about Layonni’s journey here.
“At Penfield, we believe every child is capable of accomplishing developmental milestones and our Special Care Nursing Services allow us to serve children of all abilities,“ said Christine Holmes, President and CEO of Penfield Children’s Center. “This gift from the Catholic Community Foundation will enable us to serve more children like Layonni.”
About Penfield Children’s Center
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 and wellness services and family programming. Founded in 1967, the organization 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.