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Kennedy Krieger to open early childhood learning center

Kennedy Krieger Institute plans to open an innovative early childhood learning center in northwest Baltimore City/County to provide a comprehensive, family-centered education for children ages 3 to 5.

The Kennedy Krieger Integrated Early Learning Center, which will serve as a model for educators across the nation, is slated to open in July 2023. It will provide full-day, year-round education for up to 40 children from Baltimore’s underserved communities. Students will learn in an inclusive, blended environment that encompasses the classroom needs of typically developing children as well as children with neurodiverse needs.

In addition to improving learning outcomes for its students, the model seeks to improve social/emotional, functional, and behavioral outcomes and to close learning gaps experienced by some groups of young children.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) awarded the Institute $7 million to open the center. Also received was $1.2 million through federal Community Project Funding, which will be used to pilot a model design for under-resourced children along with promising practices across existing Kennedy Krieger early childhood education programs.

The new center will serve as a demonstration site for professional training and coaching for early childhood educators and take advantage of existing health, education, and specialist resources through telehealth and teleeducation.