To ensure that children with developmental differences or disabilities achieve their full potential.
Assuring that children with developmental differences or disabilities, and their families, receive the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.
The agency was founded in 1968 by parents as a half-day kindergarten, and was initially known as the Richardson School for Retarded Children. The school welcomed children who were at least four years of age, ambulatory, and toilet-trained.
The information below highlights some of the many milestones along the journey that created the rich legacy of The Warren Center:
1972 Name changed to Richardson Development Center and agency accepted as a United Way Affiliate
1976 Became solely an infant and toddler program, when public school special education began programming for ages 3-21
1979 Relocated to leased space from Richardson Independent School District (RISD) with enrollment of 30 children
1982 Initial grant from Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention(ECI)
1993 ECI enrollment reaches 50 children and their families
Inaugural Fantasy Football Draft Night fund raiser
1995 Initial program for children with sensory and interaction difficulties funded by Forrest C. Lattner Foundation
ECI enrollment reaches 100 children and their families
Staff presentation at the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association conference in Orlando, Florida on “Fussy Babies”
2000 Instituted social skills groups into program for children with sensory and interaction difficulties
2002 ECI enrollment reaches 240, program for children with sensory and interaction difficulties enrollment reaches 20
2006 Began Capital Campaign to finance new 10,000 square foot building with a goal to raise $2,000,000
2007 Changed name to The Warren Center and moved to our new building in Richardson
2010 The Warren Center’s ECI service area expanded to add Park Cities, Vickery Meadows, and Lakewood with enrollment reaching 352. Program for children with sensory and interaction difficulties enrollment reaches 57
2011 The Warren Center’s ECI service area expanded to add Garland ISD. Enrollment reaches 540. Second facility in Garland added for increased staff
2013 Started providing Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy for Children ages 3 to 5 in the center. We started providing monthly parent support groups and monthly educational workshops.
2014 Started Friends of The Warren Center, a volunteer auxiliary
2015 Early Childhood Intervention contract territory expanded to include all of North Dallas County increasing enrollment to 768 including Richardson, Garland, Rockwall, Coppell, Irving, North Dallas, the Park Cities, Addison, East Dallas, Bachman Lake, Farmers Branch and sections of Carrollton and West Dallas
Today’s Warren Center provides high quality, affordable therapeutic services and family support for North Texas children with developmental differences or disabilities and their families.