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About Sarah A Reed Children\'s Center


The Children’s Center was founded in 1871, in Erie, Pennsylvania, by a group of women interested in helping orphaned and homeless children. Sarah Reed was an original member of this group who founded "The Association for Improving the Conditions of the Poor, and a Home for the Friendless”. Miss Reed served as President for 45 years from 1889 to her death in 1934. Her contributions to the agency’s early development were so substantial that in 1935 the Center was renamed in her honor.

Over a period of thirty years the organization evolved. In 1961 Sarah A. Reed Children's Center opened its main campus in Millcreek Township. BY 1978, all children referred to the Sarah Reed Residential Program required specialized mental health treatment, thus ushering in a new era of services designed for children. In 1986, two independent non-profit corporations formed as Sarah Reed Children's Center and Sarah Reed Retirement Center. Today, Sarah Reed Children's Center is a multi-service agency focusing on prevention, early identification, care and treatment of children and families struggling with life traumas.

The Children's Center serves a geographic area to include all counties in Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York State. The agency serves over 900 children and adolescents per day at our 7 program facilities, area school districts and community-based services.

School Aged Partial Hospitalization Services in Erie

Our Erie program is located at our Hamilton Campus in Erie, PA. This is a program specially designed to meet the needs of children between the ages of 7 years old to approximately 18 years of age.

Daily therapeutic art activities, therapeutic recreation/gym activities, Kids Company, group therapy, social skills groups, family consultation, parent support/education, behavior modification, low staff to client ratios, and frequent positive reinforcement are uniquely tailored for children in middle childhood and adolescence.

In addition, children participating in the program experience high quality educational opportunities including 2nd through 12th grade. The therapeutic approaches are integrated into the daily lesson plans. Lessons are designed to meet the educational standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

All therapeutic and educational activities focus on helping the child and caregivers to develop assets critical for children to be successful now and in the future including: engaging in social interactions with peers in a safe manner; emotional and behavioral self-regulation at home, in school, and in the community; maintaining relationships with peers and caring adults; and competence in academic subjects and projects.

Children in the school day program attend Monday through Friday 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM. Caregivers are scheduled to meet monthly with the therapist and/or psychiatrist and are invited to attend monthly support/educational groups. The school day program follows the curriculum of the Erie City School District meeting the standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Find Sarah A Reed Children\'s Center

Sarah A Reed Children\'s Center is located at 2931 Harvard Road, Erie, PA 16508
2931 Harvard Road, Erie, PA 16508   ·   Click Here For Directions

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