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1917 - 2017

On January 26, the   Hopes & Dreams Gala Host Committee celebrated a kick off event at Row 34, hosted by Chef & Owner Jeremy Sewall and his wife, Lisa Sewall.  Guests were inspired by the touching story Mrs. Sewall shared about their family's experience with Judge Baker's Manville School.  

The kick off event begins a year of celebration for Judge Baker Children's Center in honor of 100 years of helping children and families. LEARN MORE

Host Committee Kick Off
(L to R) Dr. Robert Franks, JBCC President & CEO, Chef Jeremy Sewall, Lisa Sewall, Sarah Duggan, JBCC Vice-President of Advancement & Richard P. Breed, III, JBCC Board Chair

President's Corner

Robert P. Franks, Ph.D.
President and CEO

It is hard to believe, but Judge Baker Children's Center is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary in 2017!

We honor our history today by celebrating our Centennial year through several exciting activities. We are getting back to our roots by identifying the key issues and concerns that we must address as a society to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. To that end, we have been working with key stakeholders from across the state in recent months to identify and explore the importance of  early childhood  and its implications for health and well-being across the lifespan. We have conducted interviews with policy makers, providers and experts in children's mental health and reviewed research and best practices that focus on young children. We have synthesized this information into a  policy brief  that we will distribute on   March 30th at a statewide policy forum   to inform legislators, the executive branch, state agencies, providers, and parents. Our goal is to share actionable policy recommendations that can move Massachusetts forward to be a national leader in early childhood development, care, and education. Young children are both our most valuable, and most vulnerable, asset. By investing our collective knowledge and resources in young children and their families, we can ensure a better, healthier future for all of our citizens.    READ MORE

Early Childhood Development Statewide Policy Forum March 30, 2017

In the Spotlight...

Dr. Haber joined Judge Baker Children's Center in early January 2017 as Director of Implementation and Quality Improvement.  In this role, Dr. Haber will be  responsible for improving the implementation of practices and programs within  Judge Baker, and with external partners at local, state, and national levels, including training and technical assistance on best and evidence-based practices, quality improvement initiatives, evaluation, and program development. Dr. Haber will also work to identify opportunities to grow and develop these areas of work through external grants and contracts, and lead efforts to expand and strengthen Judge Baker's role in the field of implementation science and quality improvement. 
David Creedon

David is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) and LABA (Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst) who has worked at the Manville School for 12 years.  He started as an assistant teacher in the Lower School and then as a counselor in the same classroom the following year.  David then moved into the role of Upper School Unit Coordinator for 5 years.  He became the first-ever full-time BCBA at Manville in 2012 and has worked in that capacity ever since.  Over the past few years, as Manville has served a more complex population of students, David's expertise has become increasingly important and valued.  His work with Manville parents in their homes, teaching them effective behavior management techniques, has become a core element of our program.
David grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island with a BS in psychology and a BA in Elementary Education.  He completed his Master's Degree at Simmons College, receiving an M.S.Ed. in Behavioral Education.   David is also an avid Boston sports team fan who enjoys salvaging and repurposing antiques.   He lives at home with his wife, 11-month old daughter, and dog, Beyla.

Manville Moves!

Watch WBZ-TV's Dr. Mallika Marshall's recent visit to  Manville School to learn about the positive benefits of "cyber-cycling" for kids with behavioral challenges.

Manville School collaborated with researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on an innovative research project that measured the impact of physical activity and self-regulation in children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Click here to learn more about the research.


The Massachusetts Network of Foster Care Alumni (MASSNFCA) is excited to host the first Foster Alumni Walk. On June 17, alumni and friends of foster care will take to the city of Boston for a victory lap in celebration of who alumni are and all that they can be. 
Please contact Courtney Landry with questions 617 278 4147 or clandry@jbcc.harvard.edu or visit their website to learn how to get involved!


Our work helps ensure that all children and families have access to the highest quality care. Learn how!

A new area of focus for Judge Baker, learn about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a research-proven training program for caregivers.

A fun therapeutic camp-like experience for children ages 6-12 with  ADHD.  Summer 2017 dates now available!  Weekdays, July 5- August 11 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Fostering skills for independent living and college success for students , grades 10-13, with Asperger's Syndrome, NLD, or related learning differences.  The next Saturday day long session will be held on March 4, 2017.



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Judge Baker Children's Center
53 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120-3225
Phone: (617) 232-8390 Fax: (617) 232-8399

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