About Our PWS Education Center for Massachusetts, New York, and Beyond

Latham Centers was founded in 1970 to provide residential care, education, and treatment for children ages 8–22. We serve intellectually disabled girls and boys with special needs as well as children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome whether you live nearby in Massachusetts, in New York, or elsewhere. The programs at Latham Centers provide PWS education and personalized care that can make all the difference for your loved one.

Special Residences

At Latham Centers, our residences have developed a range of lifestyle options. Students study and live at our school in Brewster. Adults can take advantage of several residential options depending upon their capabilities, from group residences to independent apartments.

Our Team

Latham Centers’ specially trained clinicians, teachers, residential counselors, therapists, and medical personnel provide comprehensive therapeutic services. Latham Centers has a track record of successfully helping children with complex special needs and behavioral problems reach their potential academically and socially. Students learn to develop and master skills that serve as cornerstones for future living and working. The Latham Centers’ team has the expertise to succeed, even when other programs have failed. We believe in providing PWS education and other therapies adjusted to maximize the potential of each individual resident.

This qualified and adaptive team works together with each Latham Centers resident and family to develop the right approach and best services for that person. We evaluate each person’s progress continually and adjust our programs and services to meet their changing needs.


Latham Centers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are approved as a private Chapter 766 special needs school by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and we are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Early Education and Care, and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.


Resources Across the Country

We also work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (as well as local, county, state, and national entities from all over the country) as a resource and preeminent provider of short and long-term residential treatment. Because of the quality of our program, we are proud to provide education and residential care to students and adults from New York and other nearby states with complex special needs, behavioral challenges and PWS.

Latham Centers is an equal opportunity provider. To learn more about where we are located or how we handle PWS education, give us a call at (508) 896-5776 or email info@lathamcenters.org.







As parents with a child with PWS, you always feel like you’re educating teachers, doctors, and nurses. It was refreshing that Latham staff knew more about PWS than we did. For once we were not the educators.” – Latham Parent

Click here to download a copy of the Children’s Program brochure.


Latham Centers is a member of maaps - 

The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools -- dedicated to providing educational programs and services to students with special needs.

The above video entitled “#ImIncluded” explains how social supports and friendships enable students with complex special needs to feel included at 766 Approved Private Schools.