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Welcome to Clarke Boston

Clarke’s second location opened in 1995, and serves hundreds of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families throughout Eastern New England, the Cape and Islands.

Clarke Boston

Serving eastern New England, the Cape and Islands

Located in Canton, MA, Clarke Boston includes four acoustically-treated classrooms, six therapy rooms, a  caregivers’ space and a lively playground designed for small children. In addition to their bustling site, students here have many opportunities to explore and engage with their community, with various field trips and educational partnerships.

Clarke Boston

Clarke Boston’s Programs and Services

At Clarke Boston, we serve children who are deaf of hard of hearing—from newborns to teenagers—with a customized education intended to meet listening and spoken language goals.

With a focus on the whole child, Clarke Boston’s many programs and services are designed to build skills in listening and spoken language and literacy, while also cultivating the individual social, emotional and cognitive tools each child needs to thrive.

When I first observed a Clarke classroom, I saw immediately that the children were really involved and asking thoughtful questions. I could see there was an emphasis not just on language, but on thinking and being confident. I knew this would be the place for my daughter because I saw how accepting and wonderful the teachers were. I knew she would blossom at Clarke.

- Caregiver of a Clarke Boston student

We have a program to meet your needs...

Whether you want to maximize the early language development of your baby, find a supportive and personalized preschool class for your toddler, or support your student at their mainstream school.

Birth to Age Three Program

Early intervention professionals at Clarke Boston support families to create robust listening and spoken language learning environments at home. Families also have access to individualized speech therapies and in-home services.

Preschool / Early Childhood Program

Preschool and kindergarten students three to eight years of age come to Clarke Boston five days a week, year-round, and receive speech and language therapy daily, facilitated by a speech-language pathologist or teacher of the deaf. Students at Clarke Boston also benefit from weekly music therapy.

tVISIT Program

Clarke Boston’s tVISIT (teleservices Virtual Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers) Program offers virtual coaching sessions for families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss, making it possible to connect with early intervention professionals from a distance.

Support Groups

Clarke Boston hosts support groups for families to meet each other, talk in an open environment and request input from our knowledgeable staff.

Master of Arts in Deaf Education

Clarke’s collaboration with Fontbonne University, an interdisciplinary master’s-level program incorporates best practices from deaf education, early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education.

Auditory, Speech and Language Services

Clarke Boston’s speech-language pathologists and teachers work with students from preschool through high school, providing the listening and spoken language skills they need to succeed at school.

Summer Services

Clarke Northampton offers many of its services, like Birth to Age Three, itinerant teaching and consulting, support groups and preschool classes, throughout the summer season.

Trainings & Workshops

We hold trainings and workshops for families and professionals, designed to educate and enhance our work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing! Professional development opportunities benefit collaborating service-providers through in-service opportunities and events.

Clarke Buddies

The Clarke Buddies Program, for students who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 6 to 17, offers in-person weekend meet-ups where children share their experiences and participate in fun and engaging activities to promote confidence and advocacy skills, led by Clarke teachers of the deaf.

Mainstream Services

Mainstream Services

Through our Mainstream Services, Clarke Boston serves children ages 3 to 18 in their neighborhood schools, providing access to itinerant teachers of the deaf, and offering consulting services to school staff.

Itinerant Teacher Services

Clarke Boston’s teachers of the deaf serve students in preschool through high school, face-to-face in mainstream school settings and also providing consultation through virtual sessions.

Speech, Language Services

Clarke Boston’s speech-language pathologists work with students from preschool through high school, developing the listening and spoken language skills they need to succeed socially and academically.

Educational Audiological Services

Our educational audiologist works closely with mainstream students and school staff to be sure the student has the best access to sound and necessary technology within their educational setting.

Transitional Planning Services

Clarke Boston offers Transitional Planning Services to facilitate transitions into mainstream school settings, preparing both the student and the school staff for this important step.

Consulting Services

Experienced teachers of the deaf provide support and training to school professionals, parents and students through a variety of personalized services which incorporate specific strategies to enhance each student’s communication and success.

Admission & Enrollment

We’re here to help you make an informed decision about your child’s education and communication.

You’ve researched our programs and services, and read about children and families who have found success at Clarke. You think Clarke could be the right place for your child. What happens next? Contact the school to learn more about our programs and to arrange for a visit.

Contact us

Contact us at or 781.821.3499 to learn more about any of our programs.

Visit Clarke

We will arrange a visit for your family so you can meet Clarke professionals, tour our facilities, visit our classrooms and learn more about our programs and services.

How students are funded

Students at Clarke are typically placed here and funded in partnership with their hometown school districts. We will work with your child’s IEP team to determine placement and service decisions.

Clarke admits children who are deaf, hard of hearing and hearing, and provides services to our families regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
A high-quality, specialized education is within reach.

Contact us at or 781.821.3499 to learn more about any of our programs.

Visit Clarke Boston

See our vibrant classrooms and professionals at work!

Interested families are invited to tour our Clarke Boston site, where you will meet Clarke professionals, see our acoustically-optimized space and learn more about our programs and services.

Contact us

To arrange a tour, contact us at or 781.821.3499.

For Current Families

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Forms, Policies, Handbooks

Classroom Blog

Some Clarke sites offer a private, password-protected blog for parents of Clarke students, featuring photos, information about classroom lessons and more. Current parents will be offered access to the blog at enrollment. For questions, contact your site directly.


Published bi-monthly, Clarke Connection keeps our community informed and connected with all things Clarke.

Contact Clarke Boston

Fax: 781.821.3905

Barbara Hecht, Director

Shira Fishbon, Office Manager

Our Stories


John was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at birth during his newborn hearing screening. In 2017, John’s parents enrolled him in Clarke Birth to Age...

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Stephen attended Clarke Boston’s Preschool Program. Today, he is studying criminal justice and political science at the Rochester Institute of...

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Meet Brigid, who attends Clarke Boston’s preschool program, is profoundly deaf and wears bilateral cochlear implants to help access sound....

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Our professionals are here to help.

Please contact any of our locations to learn more about Clarke’s broad array of programs and services.