We are NorthStar. You are NorthStar.

NorthStar Learning Centers

Helping children, youth and families realize their strengths and dreams.

Enhancing the lives of children and adolescents, strengthening our families, and enriching our Community.


Early Education & Care

Ages ranging from 1 month – 5 years old. Full-day, full-year active learning programs for working families and families referred by the Department of Children and Families.

School Age Programs

Through school-community partnerships, we create afterschool opportunities for children and youth to achieve academically, socially, emotionally, vocationally, civically, and physically.


Young Adult Support Programs

In today’s global economy, high-quality education is no longer just a path to individual opportunity, but also the way to community safety, economic prosperity, and social well-being. Thus, we have a stake in helping all students develop into responsible, educated, productive, and caring adults.

Youth & Family Services

In our work with youth, our job is to awaken a sense of possibility and opportunity and help them take action steps toward achieving the new personal, educational, and vocational goals they have set for themselves.

Mental Health

The purpose of the NorthStar Mental Health Clinic is to improve the lives of people with mental health challenges and the lives of their families and friends.

Community Health

For the past four years, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have partnered with NorthStar on a research project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Cumulative Risk Assessment (CRA) initiative that explores how a combination of factors may be increasing disease rates among city residents.

GivingTuesday: Just one day away!

Our work takes a village. On November 4th our village gathered under our new logo, proudly featuring a Black Star, to celebrate NorthStar’s legacy, commitment and vision for healthy families and communities.  As a people-of-color and women-led organization founded in...

Vaccine Petition

Get more vaccines into the Greater New Bedford area, prioritize underserved populations


Learn how to make a difference

Our Mission & Vision

To help young people overcome poverty, discrimination, educational disadvantage, violence, and other adversity through learning essential competencies and hopefulness with which they can transform their lives and communities. In advocacy and public policy, we as a minority-led nonprofit organization advance diversity as a strength and resource to open pathways to create a better life.

Our New Capital campaign

Plans for a New Center

Check out NorthStar’s plans to build a state-of-the-art childcare center in New Bedford

Mental Health

See our mental health resources.


Meet Our Team

Get In Touch

Location: 53 Linden Street New Bedford, MA 02740

Telephone: 508.984.3384

Hours: M-F: 9am – 5:30pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

NorthStar Learning Centers

53 Linden Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

267 Samuel Barnet Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02745

80 Rivet Street
New Bedford, MA 02746

725 Shawmut Ave.
New Bedford, MA 02746