Children

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Walter Denney Youth Center

Phone: 

617.822.3701

Email: 

Office Manager Tara Lewis, tlewis@bgcdorchester.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday - Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

July 7 - August 15
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday – Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mission: 

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.

Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide
A safe place to learn and grow.
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
Hope and opportunity.

Location

Boys and Girls Club, Walter Denney Youth Center
270 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.)
Cadets: ages 8 - 9
Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17
Orientation
After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. The orientations are held according to the following schedule:

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 (September 8 – July 1)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Summer 2008 (July 5 – September 8)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
9:15 – Friday
9:30 - Monday & Wednesday
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Partnership with Berklee College of Music

Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/23/2009

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center

Phone: 

617.288.7120

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1

  • Bantams: Programmed activities only;
    Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Cadets: Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; 
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Juniors/Intermediates/Seniors:
    Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.;
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

July 7 - August 15

  • Cadets & Juniors:
    Session 1– July 7– July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 – July 28 – August 15 ; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Bantams:
    Session 1 Morning – July 7 – July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 1 Afternoon – July 7 – July 25; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Morning – July 28 – August 15; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Afternoon – July 28 – August 15; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Intermediates/Seniors Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.; Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Mission: 

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide A safe place to learn and grow. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Hope and opportunity.

Location

Boys and Girls Club, Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.) 
Cadets: ages 8 - 9 Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17

Orientation: After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Also home to the Dorchester Music Clubhouse

Partnership with Berklee College of Music Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/23/2009

Boston Arts Project

Phone: 

(781) 492-3552

Location

81 North Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

If interested in talking with us, please contact Lynn Currier.

Key Programs Offered: 

One Voice
One Voice is a professional arts program offering exciting classes for youth from 4 to 19, taught by some of Boston's top teachers.

"Our focus is on nurturing children as individuals, and on developing their confidence, intellect, self-discipline, creativity and sense of community."

This summer we are opening a new center and offering: Dance, Hip Hop Songwriting, Theater, Filmmaking, Spoken Word, Improvisation, Visual Arts, Composition, Outdoor Sports, Performances, Field Trips to Concerts, Radio Stations and TV Stations

Call or email for more info and to register

Sites in Dorchester and Randolph!

Boston Arts Project and Haitkaah Social Justice Center (our sister company) are opening a youth center in Fields Corner, and are interested in finding another youth organization that might want to be a partner and rent an office in our space.

Countdown to Kindergarten

Phone: 

(617) 635-6816

Mission: 

Countdown to Kindergarten engages families, educators and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten. Mayor Menino, the Boston School Committee and Superintendent Johnson partner with 28 local organizations to implement a school readiness campaign that helps families participate actively in their children's education right from the start, understand the value of kindergarten, and learn how to choose schools and then register in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In Boston, our work has promoted teacher collaboration on school readiness issues; doubled the percent of families visiting schools to make informed registration decisions; and increased the percentage of children who enter BPS at kindergarten rather than first grade. It has also resulted in more schools being ready to engage families.

Location

Countdown to Kindergarten
26 Court Street 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Families should start preparing for Kindergarten (K1 for 4 year old and K2 for 5 year old) a full year in advance of their start date, which is the September before their child turns 4 or 5. For a few families, it may start sooner. Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a number of a very limited number of seats for K0 programs for children who are 3 by September 1. There are 75 Early Learning Centers, Elementary and K-8 schools in the City of Boston. Families can choose from a number of schools that are located in their ZONE.

Attend a Countdown to Kindergarten Information Session for answers to all your questions about BPS schools, the registration process and more. Starting in November, Information Sessions provide tips on the transition and kindergarten selection/enrollment process, along with suggested activities to help families prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten.

Key Programs Offered: 
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/05/2011

Ashmont Nursery School

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 282-6063

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Regular Day program from 8:30am - 2:45pm, extended day program from 8:00-8:30am & 3:00-5:15pm

Mission: 

Ashmont Nursery School is a wonderful, NAEYC accredited, parent-run cooperative for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5. We offer a rich, diverse, full-day program with before and after school care. Ashmont Nursery School is a non-profit, non-sectarian, cooperative preschool. ANS is licensed by the massachussetts Department of early education and care (EEC). The school is dedicated to fostering exploration, play, and a lifelong love for learning. Ashmont Nursery school's faculty consist of three lead certified teachers with over 30 years of combined expirence at ANS. The teachers work together with one parent-teacher each day. There is a maximum of twenty children per day. The program provides an environment where children feel safe., secure, respected and recognized as individuals. In order to help facilitate self-directed learning, the nursery school is set up with a variety of materials and activities from which children can choose. The materials are stimulating, challenging and adaptable for children of varying developmental levels.

Location

Ashmont Nursery School
1 Ashmont Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Families interested in applying for a spot at Ashmont Nursery School should summit an application available on the website along with a non-refundable application fee of $40. The application deadline is February 1st . In early February, parents or guardians of new applicants must attend an information session to learn more about the school. An appointment is then made for the child to visit the school. Acceptance letters will be sent out the first week of April. Once accepted, a non-refundable tuition deposit equal to one months tuition is due April 23rd. The deposit will serve as the final tuition payment of the school year.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/23/2010

Horizons for Homeless Children

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1705 Columbus Avenue Roxbury, MA 02119

Phone: 

617.553.5500 OR 617.553.5455

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Mission: 

The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways.

To improve the lives of the children we serve over the long term, we connect their parents with the tools they need to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency.

We provide leadership in advocating for homeless children and their families through leveraging and sharing our expertise with others and advocating with policy makers and the public.

Location

Schoen Family Community Children's Center
90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Schoen Family Community Children's Center

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/15/2010

Dimock Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 442-8800 (x1324 for "General Information")

Email: 

contactdimock@dimock.org

Website: 
Mission: 

At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services

Location

Dimock Health Center
55 Dimock St
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Adult Basic Education and GED Services - ext 1219 For more than 30 years, Dimock has operated education and training programs to improve the quality of life of its students and their families. All programs are free to qualified applicants.GED programs are designed to prepare students for all areas of the GED exam. Adult Basic Education programs are planned to help students improve basic reading, writing and math skills. Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project (BPFAP) - ext 1331 Case Management Services - ext 1324 Case Management Services help those living with HIV/AIDS take better care of their health and organize their lives for the benefit of all those around them. Case manager make referrals about estate planning, help with health care proxies, etc. Community Care Center - ext 1324 Dimock Community Care Center’s HIV Services emerged in 1991 amidst a clear need in the community for AIDS-related services and was designed to reach a cross-section of people of color at varying risks for HIV/AIDS. Today, prevention and education staff, Case Managers, a Primary Medical Staff, as well as Dimock Substance Abuse and Mental Health departments work together to address the issues of those in our community who are at risk as well as those who are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Early Head Start - ext 1461 Early Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Early Head Start is for families with pregnant mothers and for parents with children ages 0-3.The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. Early Intervention Program - ext 1375 The Dimock Early Intervention Program provides a range of therapeutic service and support to children, from birth to age three, and their families. The Early Intervention Program is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A goal of the program is to help a family support and sustain their child’s maximum developmental growth in the context of the family’s everyday life. All services are voluntary. GirlsWorld - ext 1437 GirlsWorld is a collaboration of Dimock Community Health Center and the Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Two twelve-week sessions include four major components: Expressive Arts Groups, Academic Support, Mentoring, Community Service and a Physical Activity (ex. Golf, Basketball, Aerobics and Swimming). GirlsWorld grew out of services designed specifically for girls. Girlsworld motivates young women to develop their potential by remaining true to their dreams. Young women are encouraged to develop self-confidence and coping skills needed to resist negative peer pressure. Girl’s World provides a variety of creative outlets such as theater arts, photography and creative writing. Head Start - 617-822-4020, ext 19 Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Head Start is designed for families with children ages 3-5. The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services. HIV Counseling and Testing - ext 1324 HIV Counseling and Testing is available on an anonymous and confidential basis. All services are available in English and Spanish, both by walk-in or appointment. The Mary Eliza Mahoney Emergency Family House Shelter - ext 1151 The program is designed for families having difficulties in finding and securing safe affordable housing. While locating and securing safe, permanent housing for guests is the main focus, Mary Eliza Mahoney staff work to assist all families in navigating service-based programs both on and off campus. This new housing program provides food, shelter, health care, youth services and referral services for education, training and housing through pro-active case management. The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) - ext 1326 The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) provides health education and referrals to the Substance Abuse population, African American and Latino HIV positive men involved in the criminal justice system. Preschool - ext 1466 A center-based preschool educational program, Dimock’s Preschool is licensed to serve 95 at-risk 3 and 4 year old children, the program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, since 1996. The Preschool provides children with opportunities for learning and exploration as the foundation for the basic skills in language, reading, and problem-solving. Further it provides a rewarding and stimulating environment that is not only safe but challenging for youngsters and helps parents develop more effective strategies for dealing with children at home. Peer Leadership Program Dimock knows that youths have special needs and that sometimes it’s much easier to talk to another teen. Dimock’s Peer Leaders are an integral part of the planning, development, and delivery of services to youths. Using peer-to-peer discussions, interactive video, role-plays, and workshops they encourage discussion and awareness on a range of issues. SmartKids After School Program - ext 1463 The mission of the Smartkids After School Program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and their families. Our directors and staff are committed to fostering social, emotional and academic development. Working unified with families, city resources and communities and educators for the prosperity of our students and their futures. Smartkids provide a quality play based educational program to meet the academic needs of children. The staff recognizes each child as a unique individual with special needs and talents. We maintain a safe comfortable environment, which encourages respect for one’s self and others. The program is full year and offers a variety of activities, which includes, but not limited to Academic Enrichment, Culture and Arts, Physical activities, a computer Lab and a Library. We accept vouchers. Tae Kwon Do The Tae Kwon Do Program teaches youngsters (4-teenagers) how martial arts including sparring, weaponry and forms can be important for good physical health and discipline. This program promotes self-esteem, responsibility, and learning, in all of which empower youths to make healthy lifestyle choices. Youth Entrepreneurship Program This program helps youth build basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and encourages them to think creatively, make decisions, solve problems, and always be open to learning. Using entrepreneurship as a vehicle, the program captures and brings to life, often for the first time, the imaginations and abilities of low-income young people.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Phone: 

(617) 282-1567 x 193

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

After School: 3-5:30, M-F Summer: 8:30-3, M-F

Mission: 

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the academic performance, self-esteem and life opportunities of Black and Latino elementary school children living in low-income, urban communities.

 

BELL was founded in 1992 by a group of students at Harvard Law School. Led by Earl Martin Phalen (BELL's current CEO), members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association collaborated with a parent group to develop a tutoring, mentoring and homework-assistance program for children. The success of those initial efforts and the recognition of the dire need for academic support among Black children led to the founding of BELL.

BELL currently operates two programs: BELL After-School and the BELL Summer. BELL has been operating high quality programs in Boston since 1992, in New York City since 1996, in Washington, D.C. since 2000, and Prince George’s County (MD) and Baltimore since 2004.

Location

BELL National Headquarters
60 Clayton St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
  • BELL After-School takes place at the Tobin, Mattahunt, Kenny, Holland, and Mather schools, and is open to students from those schools. There is no cost for the after-school program, and space is still available. Applications can be downloaded at http://bellnational.org/education/bell_sign_up.php.
  • BELL Summer takes place in Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roslindale. Summer program tuition is based on income. Enrollment information and forms available at http://bellnational.org/education/bell_sign_up.php.
  • Any male participants in BELL Summer may choose to join Boys of BELL, to specifically address the interests and needs of Black and Latino boys, the most vulnerable student population.

For more information or to register for any of these programs, contact Pam Alden at the number above.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
04/20/2009

Crispus Attucks Children's Center, The

Phone: 

(617) 445-1420

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 5:45 PM

Mission: 

The Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Inc. (CACC) is a nonprofit corporation providing early childhood education services for infants, toddlers and preschool children from one month to seven years of age. The premier childcare center for low-income children in the city of Boston, CACC's comprehensive program addresses all aspects of development in young children and offers counseling, education and support to parents.

CACC is concerned with the total development of each child through creative and well-supervised educational activities in a child-centered environment where youngsters are actively involved in the learning process and are supported in their individual growth. Activities are designed to foster social and emotional maturation, develop self-expression and communication skills, support cognitive development through active explorations and provide opportunities for physical exercise.

Since its inception 35 years ago, we have placed particular emphasis on the academic preparation of minority children. The curriculum is designed to provide the basic foundation and skills that are essential prerequisites to success in school including a concentration in the areas of reading, math, writing, science and the use of computers.

CACC currently serves 234 children in three program areas. The Infant Program (one month to 14 months), the Toddler Program (15 months to 2.8 years), and the Preschool Program (2.9 to seven years). Each program's curriculum and learning activities are age-appropriate and implemented with attention to individual participant needs, interests and developmental levels. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 5:45 PM., and all children receive a full breakfast, lunch and snack each day.

Location

Crispus Attucks Children's Center
105 Crawford Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

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Bay Cove Early Intervention
Boston University School of Dentistry
Child Care Choices of Boston Early Intervention Program
Children’s Services of Roxbury
Family Services of Greater Boston
The Home for Little Wanderers
MA Department of Early Education & Care
MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
New England Eye Institute
READBoston
Roxbury Community College
United Way of Mass Bay
Urban College (ABCD)
Whittier Street Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Infant, Toddlers, Pre-K

Anti-Violence

Crispus Attucks has developed a groundbreaking project to develop a preschool anti-violence curriculum. This program was created with the assistance from The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Lesson One, and the Harvard School of Public Health through Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith.

Unfortunately, exposure to violence has become a regular occurrence in our society. Preschoolers have a difficult time expressing their thoughts and emotions. They don’t have the language skills to communicate about a traumatic event, and this ultimately can lead to aggressive behaviors, which can lead to suspensions and eventually termination from early education programs. Our Violence Prevention curriculum helps children deal with the emotional impact of violence and give teachers tools to help the students communicate their feelings in non-aggressive ways.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

FAST FACTS

Early childhood education for over 200 children ages one month to six years

Established in 1971

Serving families throughout the Greater Boston area

Second largest provider of Infant and Toddler care in Boston
65 teachers and staff

Creative and well supervised educational activities

Newly renovated 15 classroom facility with a natural playground, onsite kitchen,
gymnasium, and computers in every classroom

Annual Budget: $2.6 million

Little Scholars Workshops, Inc

Phone: 

(617) 436-8655

Location

Little Scholars Workshops
30 Harvard Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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