Category Archives: All News

Building the Future Together

Exciting news! We’re growing. As we begin to build for the future, we’ve created a three-phase plan that will maintain the character of our current campus, while building towards the needs of our current and future students and adults. The full project will modernize, enhance, and connect our campus to best serve people today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Phase one of the project has begun and will last through fall 2021, with phases two and three to follow. When complete, the improvements will streamline and improve our spaces – from academic, to administrative, to residential, to parking – with the ultimate goal of maximizing success for everyone served by Perkins.

Read all the details in our downloadable PDF here.

Celebrating 125 Years

Dear Friends, This is a special year for Perkins. As we celebrate 125 years of service and build towards a bright future, we continue to be humbled by the importance of our history. Perkins was founded to educate and raise children with developmental disabilities at a time when society refused to fully include them. AsContinue Reading

Leominster Credit Union Donates 20 Computers to Perkins

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 6, 2020 LEOMINSTER CREDIT UNION DONATES 20 COMPUTERS TO PERKINS Donation by Local Credit Union Helps School in the Midst of Ongoing Pandemic  Lancaster, MA – Local credit union, Leominster Credit Union, has donated 20 computers to The Dr. Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) in Lancaster, MA in the midst of theContinue Reading

Perkins Child Development Center Offering F-T and P-T Enrollment

The Perkins Child Development Center is currently offering full-time or part-time enrollment. Feel free to contact Patricia Sinclair, CDC Program Director, to schedule a virtual tour or with any questions. Contact Patricia Sinclair Program Director psinclair@perkinschool.org.

Perkins and RFK Children’s Action Corps Announce Affiliation

Perkins and RFK Children’s Action Corps Announce Affiliation, Prepare for Full Merger LANCASTER, Mass., September 8, 2020— Two of Massachusetts’ leading independent, non-profit human services agencies, The Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins), and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps (RFK Children’s Action Corps), have announced their affiliation. RFK Children’s Action Corps will become an affiliateContinue Reading

DFPS Fall Plan

Dear Perkins Families, It is a pleasure to inform you that beginning September 2, 2020, the Doctor Franklin Perkins School will move to full-time, in-person learning for all students. Day students who have been attending two days a week will transition to five days a week on-site educational programming. Residential students will continue with their current five daysContinue Reading

Team Perkins is participating in the Flutie 5K Epic Adventure!

Perkins is excited to be participating in Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K to raise money to help the people and families who are affected by autism live life to the fullest! Perkins works with many students and adults just like Dougie who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Perkins’ individualized care,Continue Reading

Re: Our Commitment to Promoting Inclusivity and Fighting Racism

To the Perkins Community, Last week, with the support of both staff and residents, we were proud to put up Black Lives Matter signs across our campus. The signs speak to our commitment to racial equity and to being part of the solution and conversation to address racism and discrimination that results in disproportionately negative outcomes for BlackContinue Reading

Our Commitment to Promoting Inclusivity and Fighting Racism

To the Perkins Community, In coordination with the Perkins leadership team, I feel compelled to share some brief thoughts with you. Over the last 3 months, we have been battling the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. However, as the recent killing of George Floyd brought to light once again, another pandemic, one defined by racism, inequality, and policeContinue Reading

Executive Functioning for Beginners

A piece by Nicole Bediako, Doctor Franklin Perkins School Occupational Therapist. Hello! My name is Nicole Bediako and I’m an occupational therapist here at DFPS. I am also a mother of two small children, one toddler and one very active third grader. These times have shaken us to our very foundation. As an OT providing virtual sessions,Continue Reading