Helping Kids Succeed in School

A child’s mental health is foundational to their ability to experience success in school — academically and socially.

Mental Health is a Key Component of Educational Success

Tina fears tests so much that she becomes physically ill on test days.

Tommy’s attention deficit disorder disrupts the entire classroom almost daily.

Mia’s deep-seeded depression caused her grades to plummet.


Washburn Center is incredibly important and has significant impact on the well-being of children in Minnesota.

– Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota


Washburn Center’s services, including our school based program, are designed to help prevent children from becoming a statistic: the dropout rate for students with severe emotional and behavioral needs is approximately twice that of other students.

A 2015 report released by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) shows that Washburn Center’s services have a significant impact on children’s quality of life.

Children’s improvements were better than expected after receiving mental health services at Washburn Center, compared to typical progress reported for similar services.

In fact, principals and social workers served by our School-based program report reduced suspensions, decreased behavioral issues, reduced need for special education, improved attendance and improved academic performance.