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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The schwartz center for children is southeastern massachusetts' only independent, community-based provider of diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services to children and young adults with complex medical developmental needs.

Programs: Each year, the schwartz center for children serves more than 1500 children and young adults with a range of complex medical and developmental needs through a network of programs critical to our families. These include: a comprehensive, accredited year-round day school serving ages 3 through 21 using a coordinated educational, medical and therapeutic approach. The day school program is a licensed, private, special education day school accredited through the massachusetts department of elementary and secondary education (dese). In the current year, the school provided day school services to 56 students.

an integrated early intervention program for families of children from birth to 3 years - with or at-risk for - developmental difficulties. The early intervention program provides family-centered services that facilitate the developmental progress of children. The early intervention program (ei) is licensed by the massachusetts department of public health (dph). In the current year, the early intervention program provided services to 644 children.

a licensed pediatric rehabilitation program providing on-site evaluation and treatment in the areas of physical, occupational and speech therapies; a regional consultation program offering training to early-childhood professionals in the region; a three-track family university designed to address critical social skill needs of families of children with disabilities including autism spectrum disorder; and an educational, behavioral and therapeutic consulting services provided to public and charter schools. In the current year, the outpatient rehabilitation program provided therapeutic services to 167 children, 125 children were served by our specialty clinics, 489 children were served by our regional consultation program and 29 children by our family university and lectures.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 3 y.o. daughter had a severe delay in speech. The center provided her with speech therapy and a play group. They treated my daughter like she was their own not like a client or a number. The Center has been wonderful to our family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very simply - waht makes this place so different - an amazing, caring staff, who seem to LOVE the kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter has been involved with the Schwartz Center for almost 10 years. I have never seen a more dedicated group of people. She has speech therapy, OT and Physical therapy visits weekly. The progress she has made is phenomenal. While her abilities are somewhat limited, I feel the attention and dedication she has received from her therapist has made her confident in all she does. There is no way to ever thank them for what they have done and continue to do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Schwartz Center for Children is one of the best organizations I have ever walked into. They are caring, compassionate, friendly, helpful and they exceed in everything they do. i also love how they encoorperate the family in every thing they do. They are number one in my eyes!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Schwartz Center. I was so moved by the commitment of the staff, the warm and caring atmosphere, the physical setting, the stimulating materials, and the strong sense of encouragement. The Philanthropy and Marketing Associate, Lauren Moreau, shared a story about one of her family members who would have benefited so much from a school such as this. But people were treated so differently then, and they didn't know how much a child could grow and how much potential they had. It was a very inspiring visit.

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Cheryl R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going to the Schwartz Center for 5 years. The staff is like family! My son has grown by leaps and bounds. With the help of the staff, we were able to get my son to eat safely and was able to have his feeding tube removed. He is doing well with all the therapies and help he receives. We are now working on walking! It is great that they also work with Dr. Webster, Communication Enhancement, Brace Clinics and other outreach programs. My son had gone to another school first and I could never see myself sending him to any other school.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Center does amazing things for the children being taken care of there. The employees along with the families take amazing care of the children there and offer so many things for the kids. They are up 24 hours a day baking deserts for them and they provide so many activies. This is a truly inspirational house!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going her for about 2 years now. The staff is awesome. They all care about you child as if they were there own children. My son Austin has made great gains in these last 2 years and I look forward to seeing him continue to gain in the years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteerd at the Schwartz Center, and found the center to be a wonderful and supportive and encouraging environment for all of the children!
The team of peopole I worked with were motivated, supportive and wonderful people to work with :)
This is an amazing program and school.
The staff worked very well with the children and adaptive equipment needed, it was heartwarming to see such a caring staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, it is heartwarming to know that the Schwartz Center is such a caring organization with staff and many volunteers dedicated to aiding children achieve their potential.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Currently, I am a volunteer at the Schwartz Center for Children. Following nineteen years of serving on the Board of Directors both as a member and president, I now volunteer directly with the children and classroom teachers. This organization provides a kind, loving, caring effective atmosphere for the youngsters. Each child is an individual here, and each step forward is lauded. Hallways are filled with people who are smiling. and attitudes that pervade the Center. When I leave this fine organization, I feel uplifted, but miss both the children and their teachers when I don't see them.

I worked for many years as the Director of Disabled Students at Southeastern Massachusetts University, currently UMass Dartmouth. My co-worker was a woman with Cerebral Palsy who progressed from Schwartz to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Her beginnings at Schwartz enabled her to fulfill its mission as she reached her great potential.

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Paul W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took a tour of the facility recently and just wanted to convey the loving and caring environement that I witnessed in the short time that I was there. The staff truly is dedicated to the happiness and well being of the children that they work with. Great job and keep up the awesome work that you do with these children!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending The Schwartz Center for almost 2 years. He has made tremendous strides since he started. I believe it is not only the abundant availability of the various therapies, but the warm, caring way every member of the staff treats each individual child. My son loves going to school and regardless of who greets him in the morning he always greets them back with a big smile and laughter. I also see how the other children are treated and how they respond to the staff when I'm at the school and it really warms my heart. This school goes far, far above and beyond what is "required". A big THANK YOU to all the staff!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started services with Early Intervention through the Schwartz Center last year. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every member of the team there at the center. Each and every person that works there gives 110% every day, and it shows through their smiles, kindness, expertise, and patience with each child and family they serve. My daughter went to group at the center once a week and was excited to go each time. Through interactive play and the strategies we've learned my daughter has progressed very quickly. We also had home visits once a week with "Miss Christina" which have been unbelievably helpful and fun. My daughter recently turned three, so services with EI had to come to and end. However, I was so pleased with the work being done at Schwartz and the loving atmosphere, that I have enrolled my son, eighteen months old, in a toddler group as a community child at the Center.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been attending the Schwartz Center for several years and absolutely loves going every day. The services they provide are exceptional and the warm and caring staff are one of a kind. Can't say enough about this school. The oupatient clinics are also great and it helps to not have to drive to Boston to get these services.

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