History and Timeline


More than seventy-five years after its founding, the Kennedy Krieger Institute has evolved into an international resource for children and adolescents with diverse disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. Explore the Institute’s history to discover how events from the past continue to shape our present and future.

CHANGING THE MODEL (1937 - 1962)

Winthrop PhelpsWhen the Children's Rehabilitation Institute opened in 1937, the idea of providing interdisciplinary care that combined medical services with physical therapy and education for children with special needs was ahead of its time.

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LEADING THE WAY (1963 - 1987)

therapist with child

By the 1960s, the Institute was widely recognized as a leader in the field of developmental disabilities. Due to increased understanding and enhanced federal funding, the Institute was able to expand its scope of programs and services to address a broader range of conditions.

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doctor with patientBeginning in the late 1980s, the Institute began to vastly expand its research and clinical agenda. The mission of the Institute broadened to encompass helping children and adolescents not only with developmental disorders, but all brain disorders.

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Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces Retirement of President and CEO

Dr. Gary W. GoldsteinThe Institute’s board of directors is conducting a national search and is expected to name a new CEO in the coming months.
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A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.