The Growing Child: 1-Year-Olds

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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.


Children’s Medical Practice/Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC), located in southeast Baltimore City, MD, is a hospital and medical office center within the Johns Hopkins Health System.

The Medical Center offers a wide range of services, including a trauma center and neonatal intensive care unit that are part of the statewide system, and a nationally renowned geriatrics center.

Johns Hopkins Bayview is also home to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center.

Because of its growing immigrant population, diversity and inclusion is a top priority at JHBMC. According to Richard G. Bennett, M.D., President, “We have patients who come from all over the world from all sorts of backgrounds who need our care. Our goal in healthcare is to provide the safest care and best service to all.”

The Children’s Medical Practice (CMP) is the Medical Center’s outpatient pediatric clinic providing comprehensive primary care for children through age 21. The clinic’s majority patient population is Latino children with immigrant parents who have limited English proficiency (approximately 75% of annual clinic visits)
(DeCamp et al, 2015)

In an effort to create better health services to meet the needs of Latino families, the Latino Family Advisory Board (LFAB), El Consejo de Familias Latinas, was established in 2011 by two pediatricians at CMP, Dr. Lisa DeCamp and Dr. Sarah Polk.

The 19 active members of the LFAB are Latino immigrant families who have received care at CMP for an average of 8 years. (DeCamp et al, 2015) They come from countries throughout Central and South America. The LFAB meets monthly and all meetings are conducted in Spanish.

Childcare, dinner, and a small stipend are provided to LFAB members.

In August 2013, with a grant from the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation, JHBMC opened Centro SOL, the Johns Hopkins Center for Promoting Health/Salud and Opportunity for Latinos.

The primary goal of the center is learning about the health needs of the Latino community – and developing programs and services to meet them.

With the opening of Centro SOL, the LFAB had a sustainable source of funding and could work with the new center to develop and expand programming focused on improving the health of the local Latino community and the quality and safety of care provided to Spanish-speaking Latino families at Johns Hopkins.

During its years in existence, the Consejo has recommended and worked on a number of projects to improve Clinic services for Latino children and their families. In 2017 – 2018 alone, the Consejo was involved in the following initiatives:

  • Desirability and feasibility of group well child care.
  • Improved support for continuous Medicaid enrollment.
  • Development of grant proposals to support remote mental health services and community-based overweight management.
  • Child-centered vaccine administration via development and adaptation of an educational video in Spanish about how to manage childhood anxiety surrounding vaccine administration.
  • Feedback on Spanish language letter informing patients and families about a Long Term Reversible Contraceptive program.

The LFAB also participated in establishing a Youth Advisory Board component and in creating a space for teenage children of the clinic to provide direct input and feedback.

In a recent evaluation, Consejo members reported significant satisfaction with their involvement. Two members commented:

“This year has […] allowed us to express ourselves with confidence and contribute changes to improve our work as a group.”

“Our group is very interesting because it always gives really wonderful suggestions about our children and also about women’s health, which is what is most important.”

Latino Family Advisory Board, Yearly Report, 2016-2017

Dr. Lisa DeCamp, who directs the Consejo, describes its benefits: “As a result of the Consejo, we have been able to improve the care that we provide to immigrant Latino families.

Consejo members have helped us to prioritize changes, recognize the strengths and limitation of our programs, and gain a better understanding of the many factors that contribute to families’ ability to promote the health of their children.

Their tireless commitment to the work of the Consejo inspires us to continue working to improve our services and advocate for policies and system changes that reflect the needs of diverse populations.”

Read the LFAB's 2017-18 Yearly Report

To other clinics planning to create Patient/Family Advisory Councils for Latino or other immigrant populations, Dr. DeCamp offers the following advice:

  • Take time for partnership development and building trust. Consejo members have different opinions and we have worked hard to create a safe space for their views.
  • Supporting the practical needs of members to achieve sustained participation. For example, we know we must provide childcare to be successful and so that is part of the budget and staffing.

DeCamp et al (2015). A voice and a vote: The advisory board experiences of Spanish-speaking Latina mothers. Hispanic Health Care International, 13(4).


Treat primary complex motor stereotypies at home

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An instructional, parent-delivered behavioral therapy to help treat primary motor stereotypies in children.


Often seen in children who are otherwise developing normally, complex motor stereotypies are rhythmic, purposeless movements of the hands or arms. Made over and over again these behaviors first manifest themselves in early childhood, typically around age 7 and can last well into the teenage years. These movements are divided into two categories, primary and secondary.

With secondary complex motor stereotypies the repetitive movements are associated with autism, sensory abnormalities and other types of developmental conditions. With primary complex motor stereotypies, there are no developmental abnormalities.

Because there appears to be no inciting condition these persistent, troubling movements are often of grave concern to parents worried about their afflicted childrens’ psychosocial development.

Children with primary CMS can often be the focus of social stigmatization, and their daily routines and activities can be disrupted.

And while there are no established drugs or medical treatments, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a behavioral therapy program for children suffering from primary CMS. The Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypy Behavioral Therapy Program has been clinically proven to reduce the severity of primary CMS in children from ages 7 to 17.

Developed from studies demonstrating that combined two component therapy can successfully reduce the frequency and severity of these movements, the Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypy Behavioral Therapy Program is a parent-administered therapy that is safe and effective.

The program consists of an instructional DVD that helps parents teach their children the behavioral modification techniques necessary to reduce CMS movements.

Clinical trials have shown a 15% reduction in SSS Motor, 24% reduction in SSS Impairment and 20% reduction in SLAS scores. In short, these numbers point towards a treatment that can provide significant and measureable relief to patients suffering from a malady for which treatment options are woefully sparse.

Click here to learn more about the Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypy Behavioral Therapy Program.


Harvey Singer, MD, focuses on general child neurology with a principal interest in caring for children with movement disorders. Dr.

Singer’s research focuses on clinical problems, such as pediatric movement disorders, Tourette syndrome and motor stereotypies.

He also focuses on therapeutic trials for movement disorders and the identification of genetic biomarkers, and studies of the underlying pathophysiology. He also actively studies autoimmune mechanisms in autism.

Dr. Harvey Singer received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School. He completed his internship in pediatrics at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital. He completed his residency in pediatric at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital followed by a residency in child neurology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Richard Waranch, PhD, took his doctoral degree in psychology from the Northeastern University, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and is currently an assistant professor in medical psychology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a consultant in neurology at the Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore.

Dr. Warnach was director of the Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback Clinic, at Johns Hopkins from 1979-1992. Dr.

Waranch specializes in the use of behavioral techniques (biofeedback, relaxation training, behavior modification and cognitive-behavior therapy) for the treatment of psychophysiological and behavioral disorders.

He has authored research articles and book chapters on topics including stress management and the behavioral treatment of pediatric headaches, tics, motor stereotypies, and irritable bowel disorder.


International Arts + Mind Lab

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Healing through arts is ancient practice with innumerable applications in modern day medicine. Yet integration of the arts into contemporary healthcare has its challenges, requiring thoughtful cross-sector collaboration to shape and grow the field.

With this mind, the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) at Johns Hopkins University gathered a diverse group of researchers, artists, healthcare officials and Baltimore community leaders in October for an inaugural meeting focused on cultivating strategic partnerships and discussing the future of arts in medicine.

The IAM Lab hosted keynote Jill Sonke, Director of the University of Florida (UF) Center for Arts in Medicine and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine.

Sonke described the transformation of the hospital experience through the arts that began nearly two decades ago, upon the recommendation of UF clinicians and staff members who turned to art as a way of addressing their own stressors and burnout.

 The hospital department now employs 19 artists-in-residence and four creative arts therapists offering bedside programming and patient workshops in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Sonke emphasized the importance of the research underpinning clinical programming, where the triadic concordance between artists, patients and therapists can be studied with science.

The UF Center for Arts in Medicine is home to a research lab with 30 members including faculty, paid staff and graduate students and has several studies running at any given time. Current projects include a randomized double-blind study of Music in Emergency and Trauma Medicine.

This study has produced promising data that attests to the value of providing preferential music intervention as a stress and pain reduction strategy. It also includes a qualitative arm which outlines best practices for the use of music in trauma care.

Sonke also shared her team’s critical field-building activities that help to document, define and professionalize the practice of arts in medicine. The widely cited Florida Arts in Health Mapping Project cultivated concrete data on the landscape of arts and health programs in the state of Florida.

It now serves as a template for mapping arts in health programs across the country.  Sonke explained that identifying and monitoring arts in health programs in a systematic way will advance the field by benchmarking best practices and providing supporting data for funding requests and policy development.

In partnership with the National Organization for Arts in Health, Sonke’s team is also working to articulate professional definitions and boundaries for therapeutic arts that will maximize value to the patient while identifying the necessary levels of education and training involved in their application. Sonke introduced plans for an innovative core curriculum and certification program for Artists in Healthcare, expected to become available within the next two years.

Lastly, Sonke introduced Creating Healthy Communities, an arts and public health initiative borne UF that seeks to establish evidence-based practices that utilize the arts for public health promotion and communication. The initiative brings together stakeholders across the country to focus on translating research and knowledge into practice and public policy.

The IAM Lab meeting emulated this concept of cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing, with multiple representatives from Florida and DC, along with Baltimore-based leaders presenting their programming.

The Baltimore Museum of Art runs The Art of Examination:  Grand Rounds at the BMA, a program that brings med school and nursing students into the gallery to carefully observe and describe art and listen to their colleagues’ interpretations.

The program is designed to foster greater empathy and consideration of the human condition, improving future clinicians’ bedside manner, observational skills and quality of care. Representatives from Hopkins, including the Peabody Center for Music and Medicine and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, shared innovative strategies to help patients.

Patrice Brylske, Director of Child Life Services at the Children’s Center, reviewed the hospital’s Healing Arts Program, which offers a closed-circuit children’s TV channel that includes a kid-produced show and interactive programming to create a virtual playroom for pediatric patients in isolation.

Bill O’Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation for the National Endowment of the Arts, along with art therapist Melissa Walker, discussed the latest work of Creative Forces, an exemplar for using therapeutic arts with military service members that has significant transferable implications for other populations.

Sonke, who presented an impressive body of work spanning decades in the field of arts and medicine, left the day feeling equally inspired her colleagues.

 “It was exciting to witness the convergence of energy and momentum at JHU around the arts and health,” she said.

 The IAM Lab plans to build on this momentum in the new year by hosting working groups to help facilitate research-to-practice work in the field of arts and health.

Written and reported by IAM Lab Contributor Juliet King ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC. Juliet King is currently an Associate Professor of Art Therapy at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and Adjunct Associate Professor and Research Scientist at the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology in Indianapolis, IN.

Lead Image:  Courtesy of UF Center for Arts in Medicine

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