The Freedman Center at MSPP

The Freedman Center is honored to be chosen as one of the
"20 Enduring Heroes for Families"
The Boston Parents Paper’s
Best of the Best
The Family Advocate Awards

  Meeting the Need...Making A Difference

Freedman Center

Welcome! The Richard I. and Joan L. Freedman Center for Child and Family Development was established at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) to help connect children and families with appropriate information, providers, resources, and one another to serve their mental health and wellness needs.

Upcoming Classes and Support Groups

When a Parent Has Cancer

Free Support Group for Parents with Cancer

Are you a parent who is living with cancer and have a child age 7 to 11 years? Are you wondering how to make sense of your parenting role while navigating your life with cancer? Are you looking for ways to find support and have skills for on-going conversations with your children regarding your health? We can help. Read more...

6-Week Series Begin:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Register Online - Free!

Free New Dads Group

Learn about parenting, and meet other new dads in eight 90-minute weekly sessions for dads of babies up to 12 months. This group offers New Dads an opportunity to ask questions, learn skills, share experiences of fatherhood and make new friends. Read more...

Begins Thursday, April 2, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Register Online - Free!

New Babies New Moms

Free New Babies/New Moms Groups

Groups for first-time moms with babies up to 6 months. Each group meets with a professional facilitator and provides a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and get some support. Discuss developmental issues, expectations as new parents, changing relationships with family members, child care options, and much more. Click on the date to register. Read more...

6-Week Series Begin:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Parenting Consultations

Parenting Consultations with Leading Experts

Parenting Tips

The Continuing Importance of The Freedman Center New Parents Groups

By Carolyn Curtis-Mahoney, Freedman Center staff writer and author of the children's book "I Took the Moon for a Walk."
New parents who have grown up with the "information superhighway" at their fingertips may wonder if computer networking has made live, face-to-face support groups obsolete. "Not at all!" says Margaret Hannah, MEd. Read more...

Brain Building in Progress

The Freedman Center at MSPP is a participant in the Massachusetts Brain Building Campaign. To learn more visit

Brain Building in Progress


Baby Sign Language Part Two

In this class we will use the signs we already learned in Signing Part 1 as well as many more additional signs through songs, rhymes, games and play. Read more...

Begins Friday, May 15, 2015
10:30-11:30 am
$125/5-week series
Ages: Preverbal
Sheryl White, Instructor

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Free Post-Partum Support Group "Balance After Baby"

Have you recently had a baby? Are you feeling alone? Are you feeling anxious or sad? We understand! Bring your baby and join us! Read more...

Begins Wednesday, March 25, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
For moms with babies up to 1 year old.

Register Online - Free!

Infant Sleep Workshop

Infant Sleep Workshop

"Sleep, Baby, Sleep" for parents and caregivers of infants ages 4-15 months old. Includes: setting realistic sleep expectations; creating positive sleep associations and introducing a bedtime routine; establishing a nap schedule; weaning off night-feedings; encouraging longer stretches of sleep; and napping for other caregivers and in other locations. Read more...

Next Workshop:
June 11, 2015

$45 per person/$80 per couple
Teresa Stewart, MS, MPH, Instructor

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Infant Massage Class

Infant Massage Class

Come and learn the art of infant massage to calm and soothe your baby. Moms tell us that the best part of class is that it relaxes them too. The lights are low and the meditation music is on. Together we learn the strokes and overall ways to make your baby more comfortable. Treat yourself to this class! You won't regret it. Read more...

Begins Monday, March 30, 2015
10:30-11:30 am
$125/5-week series
Ages: Birth to Pre-Crawling
Sheryl White, Instructor

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FREE FUN Playtime!

Reconnect with old friends - and make new ones! Your child up to age 4, and a care-giver, are invited to join us for a fun, free, PLAYTIME! This is a great opportunity to play in a friendly, nurturing environment. This fall/winter an infants only group (0-12 mos) is offered on Thursday mornings with a mixed ages group (0-4 yrs) in the afternoon. *SPACE IS LIMITED and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more...

Every Thursday:
Infants Only (0-12mos)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Spring Session: May 14-June 18, 2015
Summer Session: July 9-August 13, 2015

Mixed Ages (0-4yrs)
2:30 - 4:00 pm

Left Sidebar and Sleep Workshop Photos by Jenny Devereaux

* Wait Lists

If the group or class for which you would like to register is FULL, please register for the next program offered. To be put on a Wait List for the program or series that is not open, you may email us at or call 617-332-3666 x1250 and leave a message for us. When you contact us, please leave your name, which program you want, a phone number, and email address. We will contact you if we are able to accommodate you in the program.

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Playtime Notes:

Weekly on Thursdays

Infants only (0-12 mos)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mixed Ages (0-4 yrs)
2:30 - 4:00 pm


Program Full?

Please contact the office at 617-332-3666 or to be put on the waitlist for any of our full programs.