Our Mission

Kennedy Children’s Center (KCC) is dedicated to providing high quality education services to young children with developmental delays, in partnership with families and communities. We accomplish this through child-centered, evidence-based instruction that prepares each student to enter the New York City public school system in the least restrictive environment possible. We seek to support families with training, guidance, and advocacy, and strengthen our school community through professional development and collaborations with local human service organizations.

As a publicly funded nonprofit organization, KCC serves public school children who are placed in our program by their local New York City Department of Education school districts. KCC is:

  • Approved by New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a Special Education Preschool.

  • Approved by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) as a Day Care provider.

  • Incorporated in New York State and registered as a 501c3 charitable organization with the IRS.

  • Accredited by the Better Business Bureau

  • Gold Star Rated on Guidestar

  • An affiliated agency of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Learn more about us in our 2018 Annual Report!

The Kennedy Children’s Center: Where Children, Families, and Communities Learn Together

Our History

In the Classroom c. 1968

In the Classroom c. 1968

Established in 1958 as the ‘Kennedy Child Study Center,’ KCC was one of the first schools in the nation to recognize that children with special needs deserve the same opportunities as typically developing children – to learn, grow, and develop their unique abilities. 

In six decades of service, we have transformed from a small private school established by the Kennedy family and run by the Daughters of Charity, to a DOE-contracted provider serving nearly 400 public preschool students. We continue to draw on our rich legacy while applying the evidence-based practices and differentiated curricula that our founders helped develop.

As we enter our next decade of service as the Kennedy Children’s Center, we remain true to the mission that led to our creation: providing high quality education services to young children with developmental delays, in partnership with families and communities. 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.