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Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center


The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) is the clinical arm of The Rose F. Kennedy Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. It provides a broad spectrum of clinical services for infants, children, and adolescents and, despite its name, adults, with problems that include physical, developmental, language and learning disabilities.

One of the largest centers of its kind in the United States, RFK CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian agency whose services are essential components of the care available in New York City and New York State to all individuals with developmental disabilities. RFK CERC's professional staff provides over 55,000 diagnostic, therapeutic and related visits to about 7,500 individuals and their families annually, while training close to 1,000 professionals each year.

In addition to CERC, the Rose F. Kennedy Center at Einstein houses The Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), The Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship, and The Rose F. Kennedy Center Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), Under the auspices of these four components, The Kennedy Center offers a range of clinical services, training programs and research studies.


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 > 

Einstein and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore offer an outstanding 3-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP). The curriculum provides rich clinical, research, teaching, and advocacy experiences, including training in all aspects of DBP, meeting requirements for subspecialty certification in DBP. Our program serves a diverse multicultural population and...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 > 


Message from the Director

Theodore Kastner, M.D., M.S.For more than a half century, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) has provided family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, coordinated care to children and their families with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including autism, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders, cognitive and learning problems and behavioral problems.

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