Northstar Learning Center

NorthStar Learning Centers

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

NorthStar Learning Centers

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

NorthStar Learning Centers

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

Accredited by:

Reaching for the Stars Capital Campaign

Early childhood education is critically important to every child.

Please watch this inspiring video and consider partnering with North Star to ensure that every child in New Bedford has access to high quality early education and care!

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.

Help us make this vision a reality.

There are 35 naming opportunities available! View our naming opportunities to learn more.

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:

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!