Northstar Learning Center

Reaching for the Stars Capital Campaign

For over 40 years, NorthStar has provided innovative educational programming to meet the evolving and complex needs of New Bedford’s children. Using a unique wrap-around service approach grounded in evidence-based practices, NorthStar serves families who have exhausted other program options and whose children have been expelled or excluded from other programs due of challenging behavior usually stemming from undiagnosed special needs or unrecognized trauma. NorthStar delivers fifteen programs across New Bedford related to Early Childhood Education, K-12 Student Academic Support, and Youth and Family Mental Health Services. Upon graduating from NorthStar’s nationally-accredited programs, approximately 90% of students go on to academic success as well as productive lives and careers.

What We Want to Do

Our early childhood program needs a better, more affordable facility. To address our space needs, we plan to build a 14,000-square-foot early childhood education center in New Bedford’s South End which will:

Our new center will include:

Help us make this vision a reality.

new building render
For more information on making an investment in NorthStar’s new early childhood education center,
please contact David Guertin at (401) 868-0365 or

Invest in New Bedford by supporting
early childhood education!

What We Have Accomplished

For over 40 years, we have strengthened the New Bedford community:

95% of our age-eligible preschoolers test as being ready for kindergarten on the New Bedford Public Schools-administered school readiness assessments.

90% of the youth referred to our mentoring programs stay in their homes, schools, and community.

Committed to leaving no child behind, we accept and successfully work with children expelled from other programs due to traumatic stress-caused behavior problems.


"As a parent I was very nervous about finding a safe, and educational program for my two-year-old child. I chose NorthStar because of their highly trained teachers, their focus on social and emotional learning, and their commitment to welcoming and involving parents in the program."
NorthStar Parent
"NorthStar’s other facilities have become fixtures within their neighborhoods, part of their very fabric and identity. The proposed NorthStar center will become an integral part of broader city strategies to support and preserve neighborhoods.”
Patrick Sullivan
Director Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development

How the New Bedford Community Will Benefit

Economic research has estimated that every dollar spent on early childhood education generates $4 to $11 of benefits to the participants and society at large.

Laying the Foundation for School Success

Students who attend early childhood education programs, compared to their peers who do not attend:

To inspire a new generation of innovative thinkers and creative problem-solvers, we have embedded Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) in all our programming for children and, now, into our building design.

Early Childhood Investment is Workforce Development

Early childhood investments provide dual benefits: gains for children and families, and long-term economic benefits for the business community and community at large. Attending an early childhood education program is linked to:

Making the Center a Reality

The project budget is $6.3 million. Our Reaching for the Stars Capital Campaign goal is $2.5 million. We aim to have individual, corporate and foundation funding provide the leverage to secure over $1.7 million in public funding, $1.3 million in New Market Tax Credits, and $800,000 of owner equity and financing.

NorthStar’s Reaching for the Stars Capital Campaign is led by recognized business, civic and education leaders, and has raised approximately $500,000 as of December 2018. If we can secure the necessary public and private funding by November 2019, construction of a new place of early learning, hope, and healing will start and be completed in 2020.

Get Involved

NorthStar will be honored to receive tax-deductible contributions of all sizes, and will recognize its donors at the entrance to its new early childhood education center. Prominent naming opportunities are also available for contributions and pledges of $10,000 or more which can be pledged over five years.

Thank you to our Generous Donors to Date!