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About Us

OUR HISTORY

In 1971 Parnel Wickham and Stan Searl were motivated by the needs of their daughters' Dianna, that they opened a preschool for children with multiple disabilities. In the year 1974, with conviction and determination, further research and funding, a preschool and  a school age program was than established. Today the school is located in Amherst, New York were students from the ages 3 to 21 attend.

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Parnel Wickham

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Stan Searl

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The Board of Directors voted to move the program in 1977 to North Hill School within the Maryvale School District, in an effort to provide a more normalizing educational  program.

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80 Lawrence Bell Drive, in Williamsville, NY.

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1085 Eggert Road, in Amherst, NY

OUR MISSON

CHC Learning Center's mission is to meet the educational, therapeutic, and health needs of our students; in a caring environment while supporting their families and care givers.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"I can’t Thank CHC enough for all they do for our daughter and for us.
As a parent, we definitely are thankful for all the teachers and staff at CHC for their continuous love , support, collaboration and most importantly patience!  I will always be grateful for all their love and support for our daughter. We truly feel lucky to be a part of the CHC Family."

Jodie Nowak, Sara’s Mom

Pilar Ralabate, Jack’s Mom

CHC Learning Center has transformed our lives. When we took a tour of the school we knew it would be a perfect fit for Jack. Originally, we never thought going to school would be an option for him and all of his needs, but CHC has shown us anything is possible for Jack. They have the ability to help with his feeds, to give him the attention he needs, and to get him all of his therapy services there.  He loves school, looks forward to going, and enjoys seeing all the people there. CHC is always finding new activities for the kids to participate in, whether it's musical performers, petting a kangaroo, or an ice cream truck - there is always something for the students to enjoy. Seeing Jack attend a field trip with his class, riding a pony, and enjoying a hayride made us so emotional and so incredibly happy. All of Jack's therapists at school work so well with him and there is always open communication about his progress and new goals. His teacher and aides feel like true angels to us. They treat Jack with love and kindness, all while teaching him new things. Jack's graduation ceremony at school was a true testament to how much the staff at CHC truly care about the kids there. They want them to thrive, learn, grow, and experience all the things they can. CHC means so much to us and our family. We are so happy our son is apart of CHC and we are so thankful that he gets to enjoy school, make friends, and see all the smiling faces that work there.

Kelly Scott, Grace’s Mom

"My daughter is a student at CHC and it is a great school with a caring loving staff."

 

Barb Pelletieri, Bella’s Mom

"Thank you to everyone at CHC; we don't know where we would be without you! You are so much more than teachers, aides and administrators... You are our family! We love you!"

 

Meet The Team

Board Of Directors

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Janice Gentz

Executive Director

Nancy Godson

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Director

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Hannah
Estes

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Robin
Grandin

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Sandy Ryan

Education Coordinator

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Gail Conklin

Accounting Manager

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Thomas
Lorentz

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Zachary McArdle

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Bill Lewis

Facility Manager

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Renee Bunk

Development Coordinator

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Timothy
Sember

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Ana
Stearns

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Casey Harrington

Communication & Media Coordinator

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Michael Szalach

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Adam Szymczak

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Robin Tomasula

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