Starr Commonwealth is dedicated to the mission of creating positive environments where children and families flourish. We specialize in residential, community-based, educational and professional training programs that build on the strengths of children, adults and families in communities around the world.
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Equipping parents & professionals

Parents, clinicians, educators and childcare professionals can learn successful and innovative techniques aimed at bringing out the best in every child. We’ve created a variety of practical, time-proven training courses and conferences, for professionals who work with youth. Educators, administrators, clinical staff, group care professionals and others are invited to attend a unique and customized training program. You can even earn continuing education and college credits.

Books

Resources to help parents and professionals who care for children, families and communities.
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Courses

Increase your knowledge and expertise through online courses. Continuing Education Credits available.
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Conferences

Gather with others to learn and grow. Discover world-class professional training that will help you maintain your license.
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Articles & Research

May 21
Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents: SITCAP in Action
Since 1990, the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) has pioneered strength-based, resilience-focused interventions with young people. Read More
Apr 28
School Memorials
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Helping Kids Flourish

For over 100 years, Starr Commonwealth has been helping children and their families through one simple belief: There’s no such thing as a bad child. Today, we operate dozens of programs aimed at bringing out the best in youth and their families.

“I love that saying, ‘There is no such thing as a bad kid.’ I believe in that. I believe that if you hug a kid, you give them love, you give them guidance...they will make it. They will make it.” Dick Vitale
“We are all part of the same family. In every school and neighborhood, there are children without hope, but no child is hopeless. Each was put here for a purpose. These are just children who have not yet discovered their purpose. That is our mission.” Muhammad Ali
“Square your shoulders to your responsibilities, hold fast to the ideals of the Starr Commonwealth, and with love and faith you will ride victoriously the whirlwind that is sweeping us to a higher civilization.” Maya Angelou

Find help for your family

“There is no such thing as a bad child” has been a part of Starr Commonwealth’s vision for generations. We have the right program to help your family.

“We have been around the block with treatment programs. Your program and the positive approach of building on strengths benefited my daughter greatly.”
—testimonial from former Montcalm parent

Montcalm School

Montcalm School is dedicated to helping young people reach their potential through therapeutic residential and day school programs that focus on the good in every child.

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Starr Detroit Academy

Starr Detroit Academy is a public charter school serving K-6 children. The academy prepares students for academic and life success.

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Our Team of Experts

The Starr team of clinical specialists was assembled with tender care and unites some of the leading minds in the field of positive psychology.

Trauma

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children works to bring out the best in every traumatized child. We accomplish this end goal of helping kids by training thousands of professionals each year through courses and conferences.

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Resilience

Reclaiming Youth International works to empower children by combining cutting-edge research and Native American philosophies of child care. Our Circle of Courage model is made up of four core values: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

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Racial Healing

Glasswing works to transform hearts and minds about racism and how we interact and relate to each other.

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Your gift to Starr Commonwealth will help vulnerable families transform their lives. Every dollar goes directly to helping children, adults, families and communities thrive through proven, strength-based programs. Giving is secure and easy and will bring help and hope to children and their families.

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