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Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center


The Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC) is an interdisciplinary service program for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. RFK CERC is a premier center providing services across the lifespan to all families in need.

RFK CERC is staffed by highly trained and culturally competent specialists who coordinate comprehensive care through both interdisciplinary and specialized programs. Across the spectrum of clinical services we offer, we take a trauma-informed approach to integrated care, including behavioral, mental, and dental health. It is also part of our mission at RFK CERC to build the capacity of people with developmental disabilities to live full lives and effect systems change. We improve health not only through holistic care, but also by addressing social determinants of health via community outreach and advocacy.

Operating as the clinical arm of the Rose F. Kennedy Center, RFK CERC provides approximately 50,000 annual visits serving 7,000 children per year in the Bronx. In addition to RFK CERC, RFK houses the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (RFK UCEDD), Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RFK LEND), and the RFK Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Council (RFK IDDRC). These four discrete units carry out RFK’s mission of service, training, research, and advocacy/capacity building.



One of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States, RFK CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian center whose services are essential components of the care available to individuals in the Bronx and New York metropolitan area who have a wide array of developmental disabilities. Every year, RFK  CERC’s professional staff provides more than 55,000 diagnostic, therapeutic and related...learn more > 

RFK CERC is home to one of 36 LEND (Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) programs, a nationally funded interdisciplinary training program serving persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Each year, more than 1,000 professionals receive long-term, immediate-term, or short-term training through the RFK CERC LEND program. learn more > 


We have recently begun a new clinical research initiative, one that will use the bountiful basic science research resources at Einstein to assist us in investigating the genetic, neurologic, physiologic and environmental causes of autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. Our goal in searching for the etiologies of these conditions is simple: by identifying the biologic bases...learn more > 

The primary mission of the Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD is to improve the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. UCEDD faculty/ staff provide direct problem-solving assistance to programs, agencies, or other entities in improving their outcomes, services, management, and/or policies. This includes self-advocacy organizations, family support groups, and other organizations. learn more > 

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