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John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center



Robyn Sullivan
(860) 289-8131

Location & Hours

474 School Street map
East Hartford, CT 06108
(Onsite parking available)

Monday — Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

About John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center

The CREC John J. Allison Jr. Polaris Center has been proudly serving children, adolescents, and young adults with emotional, behavioral, mental health, and learning problems since 1976.

The Polaris Center has evolved into a comprehensive treatment center offering a myriad of quality educational and clinical programs for students from kindergarten to post-high school transition. Specialized programming and services include academic instruction by highly-qualified special education teachers, supportive counseling and case management, behavioral intervention and support, a school-based health center, and vocational/transition experiences. The Polaris Center also provides a variety of extended school year (Summer) programs for students whose Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) require it.


Polaris is the North Star.
From time immemorial,
travelers have relied on this
fixed celestial body.
It is the perfect metaphor for
what we try to do at the Polaris Center:
Guide people;
Provide them with a moral compass;
Give them something high to aim for; and
Help them reach their full potential.

Mission: To promote learning, growth, and success with children, families, and community groups in need of therapeutic intervention and educational services.

Vision: Children and families will develop skills to reach their full potential.

Core Values: Service, Trust, Achievement, Respect.

Goals: Identify the needs of the people in the communities that we serve. Enhance current services within established programs. Provide new state of the art programs and resources for individuals and families.

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