[October 28, 2005]
Disadvantaged Children Receive New Learning Center Facility
SUNY Downstate held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Infant and Child Learning Center's new building at 670 Parkside Avenue on October 28.
The facility, which took 18 months to build, will allow Downstate to accommodate twice as many children than the center's present location. The 16,500 sq. ft. of space will enable the ICLC room to expand its center-based program from two classrooms to five.
Associate Executive Director of the ICLC Kathy McCormick said the event was “one of the proudest moments of the child infancy program.” “This is indeed a magnificent milestone for the children of Brooklyn,” said Dr. Stanley E. Fisher, chair of pediatrics at Downstate.
The ICLC was founded at SUNY Downstate to help children with medical and developmental problems that include babies born premature, with low birth weight, or infected by HIV. The program was started in 1987 as one of the first in the state to serve children with special needs. The center provides a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, teachers, nurses, therapists, service coordinators, and social workers.