An Award for Architecture

Amazing, impressive and very proud – that’s what children with developmental delays and their parents are saying about the international architectural honor their school, Kennedy Child Study Center in East Harlem, just received on April 15.

Architizer A+ Awards, the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture, chose Kennedy Child Study Center, an affiliate of Catholic Charities as one of five finalists– and the only finalist project located in the United States. The awards program’s mission is to nurture appreciation of meaningful architecture and champion its potential to positively impact everyday life.

And the school that rebuilt after it moved from its former midtown Manhattan location certainly makes a positive impact on the daily life of the children it serves.  Designed by award-winning architecture firm PellOverton, LLC, and opened for classes in 2015, it is now located in the heart of East Harlem, home to many of the children and families who receive Kennedy Child Study Center’s life-changing services. Every element of the space was influenced by the students’ unique needs.  This includes therapy and play spaces.  And it integrates visual supports and special use of light and color throughout the school to make the school day understandable and predictable for students with sensory sensitivities.

Kennedy Child Study Center has been helping children with significant developmental delays since 1958. Certified teachers and licensed therapists encourage purposeful play while nurturing social and emotional relationships for nearly 400 children ages 3-5 through daily instruction and related therapy services. By providing a culturally sensitive, child-centered special education program, Kennedy Child Study Center encourages substantial, lifelong improvements in a child’s social, educational, and emotional development at a pivotal age. Moreover, Kennedy Child Study Center is committed not only to the individuals but also the communities served.  It provides support that extends far beyond the classroom with a focus on community interaction and parent training.

“For an underserved community like East Harlem, our new school highlights the value we place on education and the young children who come to us for a strong educational foundation,” says Kennedy Child Study Center Operations Manager Carolyn Cleveland. “We understand the impact our school has for the children and families who receive services from us every day – and we are thrilled that the architectural community recognizes this impact as well!”

Do you know a young child with developmental delays who needs help?

Contact the international architecture award-winning Kennedy Child Study Center.