Established in 1958, the Kennedy Children's Center has a proud legacy as one of the first schools in the nation committed to providing high quality education services to young children with special needs.
KCC was founded through a grant given to the Archdiocese of New York by Rose and Joseph Kennedy in memory of their son, Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy, Jr., for whom the agency is named. The center was initially a small school for primary grade children, located at 151 East 67th Street.
Today, our focus is on our special education preschool program, which is offered free of charge to eligible families at locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. Using evidence-based teaching practices and the latest advances in special education, including the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, our team of professional teachers, therapists and early childhood specialists provide a world-class education tailored to the unique needs of our students. Under the sponsorship of our affiliate, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Kennedy Children's Center continues to fill a critical gap in New York City education.