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The SPARK Center is a tan house with a reddish striped red roof located at 255 River Street in Mattapan with free off-street parking. The SPARK Center can be reached by phone at 617.414.0502.

SPARK is located in a welcoming house in the heart of Boston’s urban Mattapan neighborhood.  The location is approximately six miles south of downtown Boston.  SPARK is NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) certified.  It was the first program in Massachusetts to have a certified outdoor, nature classroom.

Services provided at SPARK include:  early education programming, therapeutic early intervention services (including music therapy), nursing care and case coordination, behavioral health services, family engagement, connection to other community services and nutritional guidance.

The early education classrooms are divided by chronological age and developmental level of the children.  The ratio of children to teachers is extremely low, in order to provide needed, individualized programming. All teachers are EEC certified and experienced.  In addition, classroom and clinical/counseling psychology interns, who are participating in SPARK’s unique training programs, provide assistance and guidance to the teaching staff.  The daily classroom schedule includes a nutritious breakfast and lunch, individual and small group activities, a meeting time, gross motor experiences and naptime.  Programming is designed to encourage the development of creativity, social/emotional growth and age appropriate learning.  New initiatives, such as STEM activities, are constantly incorporated into the program

Caregiver communication and participation is highly valued. Every day a brief report is sent home to each child’s family.  Teacher/care-giver conferences are scheduled three times a year to discuss each child’s growth and development.

To make a referral, please contact:

Education Coordinator
Catherine McCray-Manigault

Download directions to the SPARK Center (PDF).

Contact Us

Barbara Hughes
Program Coordinator / Director of Events
Call: 617.414.0502
Fax: 617.534.2057
Email: SPARK@bmc.org


Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
The SPARK Center
(Supporting Parents & Resilient Kids)
255 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126


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