Frequently Asked Questions

What does the name “Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention” mean?

We call ourselves an “Alliance” because we work together with partners, schools, parents, and professionals—all allies of children—to support the emotional, academic, and social success of young people. “Inclusion” means that we are committed to “including” children with mental health or behavioral challenges in the school and community life of their peers to the greatest extent possible. “Prevention” refers to our active efforts to prevent children from developing behavioral problems, mental health problems, or anti-social practices. Both words reflect our belief that success in school is central to success in life, especially for low-income children. Youth who are included with their prosocial and mainstream peers who do not have the added burden of high-risk behaviors are the most likely to succeed. RETURN TO TOP

What age are the children AIP works with?

  • AIP’s out-of-school time programs and inclusion day program serve middle school students, grades 6, 7, and 8 (ages 11 to 15).
  • AIP’s summer programs serve youth in grades 6 through 8 (ages 11 through 15).
  • Connecting With Care serves children in grades K through 12, along with their families.
  • Multi-Systemic Therapy serves children ages 10 (5th grade) to 18.

How can I enroll in an AIP program?

Most of our enrollment is by referral only, open only to students at participating schools. If you or a child you know attends one of the AIP schools and you would like to recommend someone for enrollment in an AIP program, please contact the principal of that school or the appropriate AIP contact person.

For the ASPIRE Afterschool Program at the Frederick School, the AIP Afterschool Program at the Irving School, AIP’s Inclusion Day Program at the Irving School, Connecting With Care, and Multisystemic Therapy, a staff member at the school or a community mental health professional initiates referrals to the program. If you believe that you or a student would benefit from such a referral, please contact the appropriate AIP contact person or the child’s teacher or principal.

Programs that are open to the general school population at the participating school are: Summer Programs (Irving and Frederick Schools), Before-School Program (Frederick School), Saturday Scholars (Frederick School), and many of the afterschool clubs, sports teams, and activities that we coordinate at the Irving and Frederick Schools. The ASPIRE After-School Program at the Frederick School also has a limited number of slots that are open to the entire school population on a first-come, first-served basis. Students or families can apply directly for enrollment in these programs.

What is AIP’s relationship with the Boston Public Schools?

AIP operates in close partnership with the BPS, but is an independent entity. The Boston Public School District provides AIP with program space in its school buildings and sub-contracts with AIP for the provision of certain services. AIP and the School District collaborate on the Inclusion Day Program, with each entity contributing some of the staff for the program. AIP provides BPS with high-quality, efficiently run services, including professional mental health services and supports.

How old is AIP?

AIP was founded in 1995.

Is AIP affiliated with any regional or national organizations?

No, AIP is a freestanding agency.

How many staff members does AIP have?

Between 35-40 staff members, including 17 full-time staff, 15 part-time staff, and additional interns, supplementary and part-time seasonal staff.

How much do AIP’s programs cost?

Some of our programs require a nominal parent fee, and some are provided at no charge to the family. We offer a sliding scale (down to zero) to qualified parents for all our fee-based programs.

Is AIP a public agency?

No, AIP is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

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Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention educates and supports Boston children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders within their own public schools and communities, rather than isolating them in separate schools outside the community.  At the same time, AIP brings into the public schools innovative support programming that prevents problems and disruptions for other children in the school.  The goal: To give all students, including those with social/emotional difficulties and those who are struggling in school, a chance to succeed in the least restrictive setting possible.

AIP operates a one-of-a-kind inclusion model therapeutic special education day program in partnership with a public school.  At the same time, AIP coordinates comprehensive full-service school partnerships at two Boston public middle schools.  AIP also provides mental health services to children and youth with serious difficulties at close to a dozen other schools and in children’s homes.  Our programs run before school, during school, after school, in the evenings, over the summer, and on weekends, involving our students, their families, and the community.  AIP’s programs blend therapeutic, special education, and prevention approaches.

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