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What is SPARK?

SPARK CenterThe SPARK Center, the only program of its kind in New England, is a medically-therapeutic childcare facility and day program. Located in Mattapan, SPARK is a vital part of Boston’s urban community, currently serving 50-60 children and families annually.

Who Are the Children?

SPARK serves children and families whose lives are affected by:

  • Complex medical needs (i.e.: neurological complications, failure to thrive and HIV/AIDS)
  • Emotional and behavioral challenges related to trauma (i.e.: child abuse, domestic violence and caregiver loss and separation)
  • Developmental delays and special educational needs

Specialized Services

SPARK is a hospital-sponsored pediatric program designed to provide specialized services in the context of traditional classroom environments.  Children from birth to five years of age, and their families, benefit from an integrated model of care, including:

  • Educational Services: early educational and developmental programming, early intervention, neuro-developmental and academic assessments, school planning and advocacy, early literacy programs, cultural enrichment.
  • Medical Supports: daily medication administration, specialty therapies, medication adherence counseling, HIV prevention education and nutrition and fitness instruction.
  • Mental Health Interventions: individual psychotherapy, family counseling, support groups, music and art therapy, social skills building, crisis intervention and psychiatric liaison.

Children at SPARK are nurtured throughout their formative years and are encouraged to develop into resilient youth. The SPARK Center imparts excellence in specialized services by upholding BMC’s mission to provide exceptional care, without exception.

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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