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 Paperís
Best of the Best
The Family Advocate Awards

  Meeting the Need...Making A Difference

Primary Project

Primary Project

Primary Project is a nationally-known, evidenced based preventive mental health program designed to enhance positive skills and reduce difficulties in preschool through primary grade children. Participants-identified through careful screening-are those who are at risk of, but not experiencing, social-emotional or school adjustment problems. Throughout the school year, participants meet with a Child Associate (CA) in individual child-led expressive play sessions, where they become aware of their feelings, experience a sense of self-acceptance, enjoy supportive interaction with the CA, and develop positive feelings about school. CA's receive special training and are supervised closely by MSPP faculty and in collaboration with school based professionals. We are currently implementing Primary Project in four surrounding elementary schools. If you are interested in bringing Primary Project to your school, please contact us at

Primary Project



Top Ten Tips for the Transition to Preschool

By Roxy Leeson, preschool director for over twenty years, a Freedman Center Presenter and Early Childhood Consultant, and the mother of two grown daughters.

Top Ten Tips for the Transition to Kindergarten

By Debbie Weinstock-Savoy, Ph.D., Freedman Center Presenter, licensed psychologist, and the mother of three children. She has over twenty years of experience consulting with parents and educators.

Top Ten Tips for the Transition to Middle School

By Margaret Hannah, M.Ed., Freedman Center Presenter, the mother of three children, and the director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.