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Downstate Times

The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

Infant and Child Learning Center Celebrates Graduation

Every year in the spring at graduation ceremonies for its five colleges, SUNY Downstate Medical Center sends hundreds of dynamic new professionals into the fields of healthcare and science.

But each summer, SUNY Downstate also sends some of Brooklyn's most vulnerable children into the world newly equipped with important skills that they will need to grow into healthy and productive adults.

The occasion for the latter is the annual Graduation Celebration of Downstate's Infant and Child Learning Center (ICLC), which helps children with special needs overcome obstacles related to developmental delays.

ICLC offers programs for children from birth to five years old, both on site and in homes and daycare settings, and works in partnership with parents to achieve the best possible outcome for the child's continuing development.

At the recent ceremony, hosted by ICLC Co-Executive Director Kathy McCormick, MS , LMHC, 55 children graduated from the Center's preschool program. In the fall many of them will enter kindergarten. In addition, approximately 200 younger children graduated from ICLC's early intervention program and most of them will go on to pre-kindergarten.


Downstate's youngest graduates: over 250 children and their families celebrated a proud milestone at graduation exercises in August.


Pauline Foster, with daughter Kimora, who graduated from the preschool program.


Dr. Hittelman and Kathy McCormick, MS, LMHC, co-executive director, were proud emcees.

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