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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children, Youth, and Families - A "Spotlight On" Policy Brief

September 16, 2020

It's our pleasure to announce our new "Spotlight On" series, written and coordinated by our Evidence-Based Policy Institute. The Spotlight On series is designed to briefly explore and elevate a specific issue to the forefront, giving readers accurate and critical information. These new briefs are intended to serve as actionable resources to families, leaders, and advocates seeking to tackle a variety of issues. Our debut Spotlight On is titled "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children, Youth, and Families,". In this brief, w...

A Call for Expungement of Youth Criminal Records

August 18, 2020

In the midst of national unrest and an unprecedented call for justice system reform, Massachusetts is poised to demonstrate national leadership by expanding record expungement for justice-involved youth.  In doing so, the Commonwealth stands to not only give youth the greatest opportunity to thrive but also to advance racial justice and begin to address the harm systemic racism has historically inflicted on communities of color. Research consistently shows that communities of color disproportionately experience poverty, poorer academic, professional, and social outcomes and disproportionately...

Resources for Talking to Your Child About Racism

June 19, 2020

In recognition of Juneteenth, we are happy to provide a list of resources for having meaningful discussions with your child about racism. Containing everything from news articles, to picture books, to videos, we hope you'll find these resources informative and that they will spur important conversations within your family. Click here to access our list of resources for talking to your child about racism

A personal note from Robert Franks, President and CEO, Judge Baker Children’s Center

June 3, 2020

Dear Friends,   The world has felt upside down since the start of COVID-19, and we now face the unimaginable reality of our fragile nation in turmoil over the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.  We grieve these painful losses and share in your anger and despair over the many losses that came before them. Judge Baker Children’s Center stands in solidarity with the black community, our staff, and the families we serve.    We condemn acts of racism and hate and pledge to do our part to create a better future for all children—especially those disenfranchise...

An update on Camp Baker's summer 2020 program

June 1, 2020

We've made the unfortunate decision to cancel the Camp Baker summer 2020 program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After reviewing the federal and state public health guidelines, we collectively determined the recommendations to maintain health and safety made it impossible for us to run the high-quality programming that you are used to and that makes Camp Baker the exceptional program it is. We hope that you understand that the guidelines are challenging for all camp programs, but add an additional layer of difficulty given the unique qualities of our camper populations and their specific trea...

The Manville School Virtual Auction is Now Live!

May 14, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we, unfortunately, had to postpone the annual Manville School fair.  In the spirit of continuing to support our students and families during this time, we have decided to take one of the fair components online and do a virtual auction! Thanks to the generous donations of several individuals and businesses, we're able to offer a selection of items to bid on between May 13th and June 1st. All proceeds from the virtual auction will fund the Manville Food Angels program which provides food for our families during the pandemic. Read more