SPARK Center

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Contact Information

Boston Medical Center
Contact: Barbara Hughes, Operations Director
Email Address:
Phone: 617-414-0502
Fax: 617-534-2057

255 River Street Mattapan, MA 02126
Area Served: Boston

Map Location SPARK Center


Youth programming for teens and young adults living with medical challenges, such as  Human ImmunoDeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and Sickle Cell Disease.


The SPARK Center is a therapeutic, specialty child care program providing a range of medical, educational, mental health, and nutritional services. With a focus on premature babies and substance exposed newborns (SEN), we also serve children whose lives are affected by emotional and behavioral challenges related to domestic violence and abuse; developmental delays and special education needs; and complex medical needs, such as neurological problems and HIV/AIDS. Private Pay, Vouchers and open DCF cases are accepted.

Wheelchair Ramps, Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Near Public Transportation Boston Medical Center 5 - 8, 9 - 13, 14 - 18, 19 – 22 Mattapan Barbara Hughes 617-534-2057 617-414-0502 5156 SPARK Center Assistive Technology and Equipment, Counseling, Day Care, Education, Information/Referral, Mental Health, Support Groups 1) Boston After School Programs, Camps-Day, Day Activity, Discrimination, Domestic Violence Counseling, Job Seeking, Job Skills, Job Training, Nursing, Nutrition, Socialization Activities 255 River Street Operations Director 02126 Free Service AIDS/HIV, Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyper Activity Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Disorder, Birth Defects, Blood disorders, Brain/Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Chromosome Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Delay Birth to 3, Developmental Disability, Digestive Disorders, Growth Disorders, Hydrocephalus, Mental Illness, Multiple Disability, Nonverbal Communication, Oral/Touch Defensive, Physical Disabilities, Rare disorders/low incidence, Skin Disorders Local Area Operations Director French, Haitian, Haitian-Creole, Spanish, Other BOSTON. DORCHESTER, ROXBURY, MATTAPAN, JAMAICA PLAIN, CHARLESTOWN, SOUTH BOSTON

Service Types

  • After School Programs
  • Camps-Day
  • Day Activity
  • Discrimination
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Job Seeking
  • Job Skills
  • Job Training
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Assistive Technology and Equipment
  • Counseling
  • Day Care
  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Support Groups

Populations Served

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Birth Defects
  • Blood disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Developmental Delay Birth to 3
  • Developmental Disability
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Growth Disorders
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Mental Illness
  • Multiple Disability
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Skin Disorders

Ages Served

  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Haitian
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Other
  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Accredited By: Department of Early Education and Care; Bureau of Nutrition; NAEYC
  • Fees: Free Service
  • Licensed By: Department of Early Education and Care; Bureau of Nutrition; NAEYC