About Us

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to learning for all as we recognize that all great minds don't think alike.

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Meet Our Team

Meet our professional staff of diagnosticians and instructors versed in a wide range of disciplines.

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Success Stories

Read stories and testimonials about learners of all ages who found academic and social success at the Stern Center.

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Courses Calendar

Join our knowledgeable and experienced staff in learning research-proven strategies in the areas of literacy, social cognition, math, and more.

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Courses & Workshops

Browse our entire collection of Professional Learning offerings. Find a course for yourself or design a customized remedial program for your school/district.

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BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®

Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.

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History

In the late 1960s Dr. Blanche Podhajski began teaching preschoolers struggling with language at a hospital clinic in Vermont. She was intrigued as to why some of them had trouble making sounds correctly enough to be intelligible and why others spoke as clear as a bell but in only one or two word phrases. She was even more intrigued when these delays would be “fixed,” but would then have the same children come back at a later date speaking fine, but with reading and spelling problems. What was going on in their young brains? After 15 years of clinical work, university teaching, and private practice, Dr. Podhajski formed a nonprofit, Center for Language and Cerebral Function, providing evaluations and direct instruction for individuals and professional learning for educators and physicians. Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, the Center for Language and Cerebral Function, now known as the Stern Center for Language and Learning, was opened in 1983. For more than 30 years, the Stern Center has been making strides in the fields of language and learning. Using research-based practices, they have developed educator training programs, established a second location providing services for over 800 students and 1,500 educators annually, and created partnerships with national organizations to help expand teacher knowledge and in turn ensure that children are ready to read by kindergarten.

Stern Center Timeline

1983

Center for Language and Cerebral Function established in Winooski

1988

Renamed the Stern Center for Language and Learning

1994

Developed T•I•M•E for Teachers™ and offered one million dollars in grant funded training to Vermont educators

1997

Relocated to Williston, Vermont

1997

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® launched and disseminated at no cost to over 2,750 early care and education providers through 2015

2005

Promoting Early Literacy Through Professional Development for Childcare Providers published

2007

Established the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence demonstrating best practices and underwriting instructional services

2009

Published “Professional Development in Scientifically Based Reading Instruction” article on effectiveness of T•I•M•E for Teachers™ in the Journal of Learning Disabilities

2012

Relocated to Cynthia K. Hoehl Building in Williston, Vermont

2013

Relocated Upper Valley office to West Lebanon, New Hampshire

2014

Neuroscience of reading study with Dartmouth College funded by National Science Foundation begins

2015

Partnered with National Head Start Association to provide BUILDING BLOCKS trainings MindPlay Teacher’s Companion released

2017

Transformed Upper Valley office to online only platform –  eLearning.

The Stern Center means a lot to me. It is because of the work they do that I am a reader today. Before going to the Stern Center, I struggled with reading and my mind was focused on the fact that I couldn't do it- that it was impossible. Being tutored at the Stern Center not only improved my reading skills tremendously but it also changed that mindset. With the help of my incredible tutor, I was able to build confidence in my learning.

- Stern Center Alum