tutoring facility and an activity center.
Why It’s Needed
Cancer renders a child’s immune system too weak to attend school regularly, and when they do go to school they feel different with their bald head, medical port, and fatigue. But inside, they are still regular kids who want to fit in, have fun, be part of a group, and believe it or not, go to school like all the other kids their age.
Check back soon for our next Parents Night Out / Kids Movie Night In!
Every Tuesday at 10am – Mommy & Me Preschool Classes
More details: ‘Mommy & Me’ Class
Super Sibs – Meets the 1st Thursday of every month
Get the full schedule: www.coolkidscampaign.org/learningcenter/super-sibs/
Core Program Overview
We currently offer the following programs to both current and former patients 100% free of charge. Click each program or browse the menu to the left of this page for more details.
Refer a Family
If you know a family whose child has or had cancer, we can send them a short introduction to our programs and what we offer. You have the option of keeping your name confidential. Refer A Family Here.
Mission and Goals
The core focus of the Learning Center is to address the academic and social implications of childhood cancer. Our primary goals are to:
- Provide educational support so kids continue to perform and re-enter school at grade level
- Make available the social and extracurricular activities lost to the disease during these formative years
Our vision for the Cool Kids Learning Center reinforces what we have always set out to do: remember that kids are kids whether they are healthy or sick! Kids just want to fit in and have fun, and our sincerest hope is that the Learning Center will be a safe, secure foundation on which to build their lives after cancer.
Who Will We Be Serving?
Our target group will be the outpatient population from the three Baltimore area hospitals that treat pediatric oncology – Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center and Sinai. Between those three hospitals approximately 235 children are newly diagnosed with cancer every year. Given the 2 to 3 year treatments that go with this disease, this translates to over 500 children being treated for cancer in the greater Baltimore area every year. We opened our program officially in October of 2011, and will be working hard to serve as many children as possible while allowing for steady, controlled growth.
Ways You Can Help
We officially kicked-off the Learning Center program on October 19th, 2011 (Pictures from the reception are on Facebook–no log-in required). Chris, Sharon, and Kristian always appreciate donations of time or talent! Here is by no means an exhaustive list of volunteer positions and the staff member to contact if you are interested:
- Sign-up to Tutor [Download Application Here]
- Donate a Wish-List Item [Kristian]
- Become a Corporate or Individual Sponsor – Learn More About Our Giving Levels [Chris]
- Donate Financially – Donate online here
- Work on IT / Network / Nortel Networks Phone Systems [Kristian]
- Help out with graphic design projects [Kristian]
- Work on the Cool Kids website [Kristian]