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


Tips for Parents from The Freedman Center at MSPP

New Moms Group

Learn More About Baby Milestones
By the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Is your relationship ready for a new baby? You have the car seat, the diapers, the baby’s room, but...
By Rob Straus, The New Child Project, and Margaret Hannah, Director of the Friedman Center for Child and Family Development at MSPP

Top Ten Tips for New Parents,
The Continuing Importance of Freedman Center
New Parents Groups
Five Tips for Easing the Stress of New Parenthood
By Carolyn Curtis-Mahoney, Freedman Center staff writer and author of the children's book "I Took the Moon for a Walk."

What is Post-Partum Depression?
Sadness After Childbirth: When is it more than the baby blues?

How is Massachusetts addressing and treating postpartum depression?
By Margaret Hannah, M.Ed., Executive Director of the Freedman Center

Fostering Baby's Growth and Development with Music
By Madeleine Tepper, M.A., C.A.G.S., Freedman Center staff member, licensed School Psychologist, and graduate of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Top Ten Tips for Adding a Sibling to Your Family
By Anastasia Galanopoulos, Ph.D., CLC, Freedman Center Presenter and the mother of three boys. She was an assistant professor of human development at Wheelock College.

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.

Why Parents Need to Communicate with Teachers
By Richard Asa, Chicago Tribune
"Seize every opportunity: Don't overlook communication opportunities via orientation sessions, planned teacher meetings, open houses and even Web pages with basic information as well a school's values and expectations," says Margaret Hannah, M.Ed., Executive Director of the Freedman Center.

Financial Planning for New Families
By Samuel C. Lookner, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, MBA Financial Advisor Ameriprise Financial

Get Connected
A list of resources and websites for Parents of Young and Elementary School Children compiled by Freedman Center staff members.


Online Resource for Real-Live Parents

MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information

Jewish Family & Children's Service - Family Mental Health Services

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Department of Early Education and Care

Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs

Postpartum Support International

Zero to Three

Common Sense Media

MA Assistance Programs

Teen HealthFX

Teens Health

Top two photos by Jenny Devereaux

FREE Support Groups at
the Freedman Center:

New Babies/New Moms
Bring your infant and meet other new mothers!

New Babies/New Parents
Bring your infant and meet other new parents!

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! Read more...


Community Education from the Freedman Center

We send our professional presenters to many area communities, delivering workshops to audiences of parents, educators, employee groups, and the general public. We cover a variety of topics related to promoting mental health and wellness.

MSPP INTERFACE® at the Freedman Center

A collaboration of public schools, community-based agencies, healthcare providers, parents and students to improve access to mental health and wellness services and systems.

Primary Project