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Oakes Children’s Center is dedicated to providing education and mental health services to youth with emotional and/or developmental challenges and to their families, particularly in underserved communities. Our goal is to foster the social, emotional and educational growth necessary for children to continue learning and fully realize their potential.  We fulfill our mission by providing individualized education, innovative and culturally-responsive therapeutic services, comprehensive assessment, and clinical training.



  • We serve children diagnosed with emotional disturbance and/or developmental delays and their families.
  • We provide our children with the tools necessary to learn, to thrive and to function independently within the community.
  • We provide our children with a safe, structured and nurturing environment.
  • We provide our children with a variety of integrated educational and therapeutic services that are designed to meet their unique needs and are appropriate for their ages and disabilities. 
  • We operate Oakes for the benefit of the community and strive to remain flexible and responsive to emerging needs.
  • We are committed to responsible management of the resources entrusted to us by our community.
  • We embrace diversity, strive for cultural competency and recognize the value of a diverse work force, board and client base.
  • We provide comprehensive experience and a training site for graduate students in counseling and the behavioral sciences who want to work with children and their families.