For more information, please see the Penfield Children's Center Web site.

Penfield Children's Center

Address: 833 N. 26th Street


By car: Head west on Wisconsin Ave toward N. 12th Street.

By bus: Take the #30 bus going west for 8 stops. Get off at Wisconsin Ave and 25th Street. Walk about minutes.

Orientation: TBD

Days/Hours of Volunteering: Students can find out specific days and times for service learning during the Service Learning Sign-Up Night. In the past most students have served at the organization Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Description of Agency/Activities: Penfield Children's Center creates a positive start in life for infants and children, many of whom have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing early education, health services and family programming. Most of the children enrolled at Penfield live in Milwaukee's central city, within a five-mile radius of the center. Every year, hundreds of students and community members assist in Penfield's classrooms, special care nurseries, and playgroups leaving a lasting impact on the clients with whom they work. Over 120 staff members directly and indirectly serve Penfield's children and families in areas such as child development, speech, occupational, and physical therapy, nursing, social work, and special education. Although their roles are different, all volunteers and staff members share a commitment to Penfield's mission and an abiding concern for the well-being of the children that they serve.

Student Role in Agency: Service Learners will be challenged to learn to communicate and interact with young children who have developmental disabilities. The children may have anywhere from minor developmental delays to severe mental and physical disabilities. In addition, 95% of the children at Penfield come from homes below the US poverty level. All of the children are extremely adorable!

  1. Special Care Nursery: Volunteers will rock, feed, and play with medically fragile infants and children under 3 years old under the direction of nursery staff.MUST have excellent training and experience with babies.
  2. Birth to 3 Rooms: Volunteers will interact with children of different abilities, from 4 weeks to 3 years, in an assigned classroom. Volunteers will assist the teaching staff by participating in all classroom activities such as reading circle, art time, helping with snack, and helping when needed.
  3. Special Education Classrooms: Volunteers will interact with children of all abilities, from birth to age three, in an assigned classroom. Volunteers will assist the teaching staff by participating in all classroom activities.



Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
1102 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

Meet the Staff