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Looking for a child care center for your little one? We’ve partnered with three area centers that offer admission and wait list priority to Johns Hopkins families.

You may also find employee discounts on select child care providers through our LifeMart employee discount program.

Homewood Early Learning Center

The Homewood Early Learning Center, located at the corner of Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue, offers a nurturing, high-quality environment where children have the time and space to develop at their own pace.

Downtown Baltimore Child Care operates the center, which accommodates up to 94 children, ages 10 weeks through preschool, and is open to all, including community members.

Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents.

Homewood ELC

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center, also operated by Downtown Baltimore Child Care, is a premier early learning facility whose teachers and staff believe all children deserve the best education from the earliest age.

The product of years of planning by leading child advocates, the state-of-the-art Weinberg ECC, located near the East Baltimore campus, provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children using the latest evidence-based approaches to ensure children start school ready to learn.

The center’s 12-month, full-day operation serves a diverse mixed-income community of children and families who live and/or work in the Eager Park neighborhood and beyond. Priority admission is available to Johns Hopkins parents.

Weinberg ECC

Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center (Bright Horizons)

Located on the East Baltimore campus, the Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center is designed to serve full-time faculty and staff, full-time day students, house staff, and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health; and full-time employees of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Health System, and Bayview Medical Center. The center is open to children ages 6 weeks through preschool for full-time care.

Bright Horizons

The university has taken steps to make sure that cost is not a prohibitive factor for JHU families that are using one of the three centers that are Johns Hopkins partners—the Homewood Early Learning Center, Bright Horizons at the School of Medicine, and the Weinberg Early Childhood Center. In addition to child care vouchers, we now have a pool of scholarship funds that will make sure children from any economic background can join these learning communities.

Although the child care scholarship does not apply to the other centers below, you may use the child care voucher to help with tuition. These centers also offer preferred wait list status for JHU employees:

Downtown Baltimore Child Care Center

Downtown Baltimore Child Care provides early education and child care to a diverse community. Children of university employees receive preferential admission.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Child Care Center

The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Child Care Center has 32 spaces for children 2 to 5 years of age. Priority is given to employees of Bayview Medical Center.

Y Preschool at Weinberg

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Y Preschool Center offers priority placement for children ages 2 to 5 of full-time Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff. The Weinberg Y is on East 33rd Street in Waverly, conveniently located near both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses. Preregister your child to join the wait list.


Johns Hopkins Co-Leads Research Effort on Child ‘Polio’ Condition

Babies and Toddlers: Discipline | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers will lead a multicenter, multinational study of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), the “polio” condition affecting children that causes loss of muscle control.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded an approximate $10 million contract to UAB that will fund at least 38 research sites across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Peru.

AFM is a rare condition that causes inflammation and damage to the spinal cord in children, resulting in a sudden paralysis of arms and/or legs and loss of muscle strength and reflexes. Other symptoms can include facial drooping, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech and trouble breathing.

“The major problem with AFM as a public health threat is not only the emergence of hundreds of cases around the U.S. and the world, but the fact that AFM produces devastating and long-standing neurological problems for children affected,” says Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, M.D.

, director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Transverse Myelitis Center and co-principal investigator of the study.

“Thus, there is an urgent need for a concerted collaborative effort around the country to tackle the problem with our best research tools and come up with better options for diagnosis and treatment, to help children and families affected.”

The condition can be severely debilitating, and although many children recover fully, it may take many months of physical therapy to regain strength and movement.

AFM’s cause is unknown, though it is thought that a virus brings on the condition. Outbreaks tend to cluster in the late summer and through the fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 233 confirmed cases in 2018 — the largest outbreak yet.

The investigators will document the clinical course of the disease, including the number and location of cases and variation in symptoms and severity, and they will assess the outcomes from the illness.

The researchers will isolate serious and life-threatening viruses that are believed to be connected to AFM cases.

The goal is to collect data that can inform how to design clinical trials on treatment of the condition, strategies for management, and establishment of a repository of specimens and data from AFM patients that will be used for future research.

“Since at least 2014, children have been at risk of developing a polio syndrome ly due to enteroviruses, and this study will provide the basis for understanding the cause of those children’s paralyses.

Knowledge gained from this study hopefully will provide the foundation for future treatment studies of antiviral drugs,” says David Kimberlin, MD, co-director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UAB and co-principal investigator of the study.

“We hope to better understand why acute flaccid myelitis occurs, which children are most at risk, and to develop the biorepository and associated clinical database to understand what we can do about it in the future.”

This new, five-year study will take advantage of the expertise of clinicians and researchers in the AFM Working Group — a network of neurologists and researchers established in 2018 in response to the AFM outbreak — and the Collaborative Antiviral Study Group, an NIH-funded network of academic medical centers established in the 1970s to study rare viral diseases. Study enrollment is expected to begin in August.

Johns Hopkins and UAB will continue to work closely with the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, investigators at the study sites, and parents and families of AFM patients to ensure that the medical community is making the most informed decisions to direct the national responses to this public health situation.

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine