Mission, Vision, Values


Ann Martin Center is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children, youth, and their families in Alameda County by providing psychotherapy, educational therapy, diagnostic assessment, and training. We promote healthy emotional development and effective learning skills.  We nurture confidence, resilience, and the ability to make positive choices that strengthen caring relationships, independence and productivity.  The Center is distinguished by its emphasis on both emotional and educational support.


Ann Martin Center believes that our unique practice of evaluating and supporting both a child’s emotional health and learning development leads to confident, resilient, and productive individuals. We believe that our commitment to serving diverse populations of children and their families strengthens our greater community. By being sensitive to differences in learning ability, race, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, and faith, we are part of a national conversation about inclusivity. We envision a future where Ann Martin Center is a model in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for providing and disseminating best practices and meaningful positive outcomes for children through assessment, prevention, early intervention, and parenting services that promote emotional well-being and school success.


Integrated Understanding of the Child

We value an integrated understanding of a child’s development, particularly the reciprocal influence between learning and emotions, as well as the role of family, biology, and external stressors like poverty.  This comprehensive approach to treatment enhances a child’s resilience, confidence and productivity.

Best Practices

We value treatment excellence based on best practices and meaningful positive outcomes through assessment, prevention, and early intervention strategies that promote well-being and school success.  We value improving these practices through ongoing assessment and evaluation.

Community Collaboration

We value building and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with educators, mental health and health providers, schools, and other related agencies in the community.

Professional Development

We value training educators and mental health professionals, both on our staff and in the community, in order to share knowledge about contemporary research, theory, and techniques relevant to best treatment practices.


We value giving youth and families access to appropriate care regardless of their ability to pay.  We honor differences in race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, and faith.  We value competently and respectfully addressing developmental, cultural, and personal differences among children, families, employees, members of the Board of Directors, and colleagues.

Ethical Standards

We value holding to high ethical standards with a commitment to bringing an energetic, flexible, responsive, and proactive approach to delivering services to children, adolescents, and families.

Fiscal Responsibility

We value business excellence and responsible stewardship through revenue maximization and the wise, cost-effective use of public funding and private contributions.  We value applying this fiscal responsibility to employment practices with our own staff and their families.