Have you heard the exciting summer news?!

Judge Baker Children's Center's Summer Enrichment Institute is now  Camp Baker! And, we have and a new location -   Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA! 

- Ages 6-12
- 6 week program: Wednesday, July 10th - Friday, August 16th
- Monday - Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM 
- Bus transportation provided (one stop in Boston and one stop in the Westwood-area)

At Camp Baker, children will have access to outdoor activities such as swimming, sports and art while learning strategies and techniques to manage ADHD and other behavioral issues. The treatment approach is integrated into every activity during the camp day.  Each child has individualized goals to work toward, and they receive regular feedback and support from caring staff so that they can achieve and exceed their goals. This approach of blending treatment into everyday camp experiences provides campers an all-around positive and unique camp experience.  And, as a parent noted, "This is the first camp where our child could truly be successful."

Successful Summers Start Here.
President's Corner
Robert P. Franks, Ph.D.
President and CEO

As winter draws to a close, the final months of often dark and dismal days slowly begin to give way to the signs of spring.  The long winter months can be difficult for those of us who live in the northeast and seasonal depression is common as winter wears on into February and March. Children are working hard in school with summer seeming a distant future. For some children, the lack of being able to go outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine can lead to them feeling cooped up and needing an outlet.   

In the Spotlight...

Marcy Ravech

Marcy joined Judge Baker's Children Center in December 2018 as the Director of the Quality Care Initiative.  Marcy comes to Judge Baker Children's Center with various experiences in the mental health field.  Prior to joining Judge Baker Children's Center, she was the Executive Director of Massachusetts Psychiatry Access Programs known as MCPAP and MCPAP for Moms.  Her prior work included roles in behavioral health and primary care at Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare's Community Care Alliance, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and South Shore Mental Health.  Marcy has a BA from Brandeis University, and a MSW  in Human Services in Management from Boston University School of Social Work.  Marcy is very excited to start her new chapter at Judge Baker Children's Center.  

Eliza Sanchez

Eliza joined Judge Baker's Children Center in February 2019 as the Development Associate.  Prior to joining Judge Baker Children's Center, Eliza was a Staff Assistant to Donor Relations Events in Emerson's Office of Institutional Advancement.  Eliza graduated from Emerson College and is from New Hampshire.

David Zimmer

David joined Judge Baker Children's Center as the Admissions Director and Public School Liaison at Manville School this past fall.  David comes to  Judge Baker Children's Center from the Walker Beacon School (formally Beacon High School) where he served as Assistant Principal and Principal.  David brings extensive experience in special education and work in the DESE-approved special education day schools.  David looks forward to helping build on the success of the Manville School by learning as much as possible about the students and  families, and by listening and learning about  the goals and objectives of each member in the community. 

Derek Sosnowski 

Der ek joined Judge Baker Children's Center as the Assistant Milieu D irector at Manville School this past fall after having served as a Board Certifie d Behavior Analyst (BCBA) during the previous year.  Derek has worked for several years as a Behavior Analyst in collaboratives and alternative schools in addition to work as a Behavioral Consultant working with a variety of schools across Massachusetts.  He is eager to bring his experience with School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and applied beha vior analysis to Manville School in an effort to further the services and opportunities provided to Manville students and families.


A crisp fall day welcomed Team Baker for the annual Rodman Ride.  With the help of our riding team, we were able to raise funds to support the various programs at Judge Baker Children's Center. Judge Baker Children's Center has been a proud participant in the Rodman Ride since 2006. Thank you to all of those who participated and volunteered!

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The Evidence-based Policy Institute at Judge Baker Children's Center, in partnership with Representative Kay Khan and Senator Sal DiDomenico, recently hosted Promoting Positive Outcomes: Understanding and Addressing the Behavioral, Emotional, and Developmental Needs of Justice Involved Youth. The statewide policy forum was held at the MA State House and convened state and national juvenile justice experts, community members, legislators, state officials, advocates, and providers to review key findings from Judge Baker's policy brief -- Promoting Positive Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth.  The policy brief spotlights notable accomplishments in Massachusetts and identifies actionable next steps for the Commonwealth to improve outcomes for justice involved youth.

Manville School held its annual curriculum fair the week of February 12th-15th.   Student work was displayed in classrooms highlighting the students' hard work in math, social sciences, English, and science that was completed this school year.  Student artwork was exhibited throughout the first floor for all to see.  


This Initiative works to create lasting improvements in the quality of mental health care and other services for all children and families. Our expert staff works collaboratively with families, service providers, schools, state agencies, academic institutions, and funding organizations to help ensure that all children and families have access to the highest quality care.  Our Department of Evaluation works to improve the quality of child and family behavioral health and special education services by using rigorous and context-sensitive evaluation and research strategies.  

A clinic that provides mental health assessments and focused short-term treatments for children and their families, using only evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which have been scientifically proven to work.

Learn about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT),  a scientifically proven training program that works with caregivers to enhance parenting techniques for use with their children. PCIT is for children ages 2 to 7 with emotional and behavioral problems.

A therapeutic day school for students from kindergarten through 10th grade who experience emotional, neurological, or learning difficulties that have impacted their ability to succeed in previous school settings. 

A fun, therapeutic camp for children ages 6-12 with  ADHD based at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. Read more about Camp Baker in our feature section above.

Designed for students, ages 16 - 20, who present with a social language deficit and are serious about attending college after high school. This program is appropriate for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, NLD, or related learning differences. Next Step consists of Saturday day-long sessions throughout the academic year, as well as a week-long overnight dormitory experience based at Boston College.

We are a nationally recognized institution providing professional training that has developed leaders in the field of mental health and special education for nearly 100 years. Our approach to professional training helps improve the quality of services for children and their families by developing trainees into outstanding professionals.


The Judge Baker Children's Center Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Walpole Country Club. Click this link for more information.

Child Mental Health Forum- Niobe Way, PhD
"Boys' Friendships and The Crisis of Connection"
Wednesday, April 3, 2019- 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Child Mental Health Forum- Jess Shatkin, MD, MPH
"Treatment Strategies for Sleep Disorders in Children and Adolescents "
Wednesday, May 1, 2019-10:00 am to 11:15 am

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at  The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts.
Please contact Sarah Duggan for more information about the event, tickets and sponsorship opportunities ( sduggan@jbcc.harvard.edu or 617-278-4258).

Join us in our efforts to ensure the highest quality care for
all children and families.

Improving care. Changing lives.

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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