In the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, we believe that school is an important part of every child’s day. Participation in educational services helps patients to achieve their educational goals while receiving treatments. Certified teachers collaborate with patients’ schools and teachers to obtain assignments and teaching content. Individualized lessons are  taught at bedside during the school year and summer.

Program Objectives

The School Program has 3 goals:

  1. To provide normalization during hospital stays.
  2. To develop and maintain academic skills.
  3. To promote a connection with classroom and peers.

Components of the Program

  • Preschool  (ages three to five)
  • Grades kindergarten through twelve
  • Young Adults (GED, advocacy, instruction)


  • “We greatly appreciate the comprehensive approach Cincinnati Children's takes with their patients, addressing not only their medical needs but also their educational needs.”
  • “This is one hour a day when my son can feel like a ‘normal’ kid, and with everything else going on it is a welcome time. I cannot imagine what it would be like not having school each day and how far behind he would be without this terrific program and these wonderful teachers.”
  • “He tested ‘proficient’ in all four categories: reading, math, science, and on-demand writing! You played such a huge role in his success!”
  • “The teachers see the child within, not the outward transformed appearance produced by various medical procedures and medications. The education program is invaluable to my family and others dealing with very sick children who are fighting for a future of health and well-being.”