Organization Profile

Elizabeth Peabody House

To provide a broad array of educational, social and recreational services to address the essential and changing needs of families in the City of Somerville and surrounding communities. Elizabeth Peabody House (EPH) was founded in 1896 in Boston as a memorial to Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, whose dedication to the care of children initiated the first kindergarten system. Originally established in the West End of Boston, the Peabody House provided day care for immigrants and community residents, and soon expanded its work to include citizenship classes and social work services. The house became a center for cultural events, educational groups, and sports activities. Due to urban renewal in the 1950s, the Peabody House relocated to Somerville, where it continues to serve much of the former population. Elizabeth Peabody House programs range from Infant Care to Senior Drop-In, and include a waterfront camp in Sharon, MA and Theater Arts for school age children (in collaboration with the Somerville Theatre Cooperative located at EPH). EPH, in Winter Hill, East Somerville, offers programs on a sliding scale with attention to the critical needs of the community. Camp Gannett, the Elizabeth Peabody House summer day camp, is located in Sharon, MA. The program provides a camp experience to a diverse group of over 100 children from Somerville and surrounding communities. The program provides opportunity for nature, hiking, swimming, boating, drama, crafts and sports. A strong emphasis is placed on multiculturalism and environmental awareness. The camp is staffed by experienced camp professionals. IMPACT Elizabeth Peabody House provides services for more than 100 children every day. Additionally, the Elizabeth Peabody House provides a quality summer camp experience to school age children by offering developmentally appropriate activities and experiences. At Camp Gannett, children develop self-esteem, social skills, emotional skills, language skills, literacy skills, cognitive skills, motor skills, self-help skills and other life skills. The program seeks to meet the needs of both the children and their families.

Low-income Communities
Somerville, MA, 02145