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Judge Baker Children's Center Awarded Upswing Fund Grant

March 31, 2021

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health. With the support provided by this grant, we will be able to continue to serve historically underserved adolescents of color and LGBTQ+ youth in our community.  Launched in October 2020, The Upswing Fund has worked to expand mental healthcare by awarding $10.8 million in grants across 33 states, plus Washington, D.C. These grants will enable organizations – many of which employ less than 50 full-time employees - to immediately increase thei...

Boston Parents Paper Names Manville School One of the Top 10 Special Needs Elementary Schools for 2020

November 2, 2020

Boston Parents Paper, a long-standing, family-focused publication based in Natick, has named the Manville School one of the Top 10 Special Needs Elementary Schools for 2020. Each year, the Paper grants their readers the opportunity to make their voices heard about which particular family-based resources and services they have found most helpful or most worthy of recognition. Readers are presented with a variety of different categories and have the ability to write-in their preferred choice. Congratulations to our entire Manville staff and thank you for your incredible work! For more on this ...

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...