History

Laura Baker Services signIn 1897, Miss Laura Baker founded The School for Nervous and Backward Children in Minneapolis, dedicated to the idea that people with disabilities could be educated and become productive members of society. A year later, she relocated to Northfield, and eventually renamed her school The Laura Baker School. It closed its doors in 2016, ushering in a new partnership with the Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative to offer public education on site at Laura Baker Services Association.

Today, our mission extends beyond the school itself, and we are confident that Miss Baker would be thrilled by how her vision has transformed the lives of so many people: clients, their families and staff. Miss Baker’s vision continues to guide our philosophy of care: we strongly believe that all people need to live their own, best lives.