Bessie Tartt Wilson

Bessie Tartt Wilson of BTWIC

Mrs. Bessie Tartt Wilson

“My mother remains a legend in our family and the neighborhoods of Boston… her commitment to quality education, family values, and equality for children in community-based care continues to be the standard bearer.”

– Mary L. Reed, Founder of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children


The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children was named in honor of Mrs. Bessie Tartt Wilson, a childcare pioneer whose love of children and commitment to quality education was renowned. In 1946 Mrs. Bessie Tartt Wilson started Tartt’s Day Care Center, which today has become Boston’s oldest minority owned childcare center. She believed that all children in her care, no matter how young, should be trained, disciplined, and educated in preparation for Elementary school. Mrs. Bessie Tartt Wilson was a Boston institution who cared for each child as if he or she was her own. This is evident in the success stories of the generations of Tartt’s graduates.