Disadvantaged Children Receive New Learning Center Facility

Oct 28, 2005

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.



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.