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I AM DP:

Celebrating 60 years of Dedication to People with Disabilities

Developmental Pathways has been an essential community-based support for individuals with disabilities since 1964.

We believe full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for everyone, and our mission remains focused on honoring and elevating this founding vision.

Today, DP proudly serves over 15,000 individuals of all ages and their families.

Thank you to our past and present board members, teams, and community partners who have been a part of our journey over the past six decades. Our commitment to serving our community and ensuring individuals with disabilities receive the care they need remains stronger than ever. We are so excited for the future and look forward to remaining a community resource for years to come!

We've teamed up with local businesses across Douglas, Arapahoe, and Elbert counties. Throughout 2024, enjoy exclusive day, week, and month-long discounts or coupons from our partnering organizations.​

DP History Timeline

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June 1964
An orange and black logo that says "Suburban Community Training & Services Center"
Our Organization is Founded

Developmental Pathways, first known as the Suburban Community Training and Services Center, Inc., is founded in Littleton, Colorado. Our goal is to provide support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families within their own communities instead of institutional settings through offering educational, vocational, and residential programs.

1965
A black and white photo of a teacher talking to students seated in desks in a classroom.
Gallup Park and First Creek Schools Open

Our first educational programs open in Arapahoe County and Aurora. They are designed to provide a continuum of training for individuals with I/DD, ages birth - 21, within public schools. 

1966
3 people sitting on the grass
Adult Vocation Training and Activity Center Opens

Our first vocational program is founded in Englewood and Aurora. It provides jobs and training to individuals with I/DD by giving each participant a real work environment, commensurate wages, and comprehensive vocational services.

1973
3 images with little boys smiling
Early Intervention Program Begins

Our Early Intervention program for infants aged 0-3 years old with developmental delays begins. It is founded when it became evident that early developmental interventions for babies had a significant impact on their later growth. 

1975
Educational Programs Integrated into Local Schools

Local school districts take over the Gallup and First Creek schools and generally hire our employees to teach in the programs. This happens after the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, passes.

1980
Our Programs Expand

By this time, we serve 375 individuals and about 250 families, and have residential programs in Littleton, Englewood, and Aurora. These programs teach life skills and foster independence for individuals with I/DD. We also offer a recreation program that includes outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and skiing.

1985
Our Organization becomes Developmental Pathways

Suburban Community Training and Services Center, Inc. changes its name to Developmental Pathways.

1987
Family Support Program Begins

Our Family Support Program begins. It provides financial assistance and care coordination to families caring for a member with I/DD and is designed to meet these needs in partnership with them, rather than more expensive options.

1991
We Continue to Grow

We now provide services for over 600 individuals through vocational and residential programs, and case management. We are the third largest entity of our kind in Colorado at the time and consistently provide leadership in developing innovative services. 

Nov 2001
Mill Levy Funding is Established

Referendum 4(a) is proposed to provide Mill Levy funding from both Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. This means a portion of property taxes would be taken from each county and given to DP to fund supports for individuals with I/DD. It passes with 60% voter approval in Douglas County, and 63% voter approval in Arapahoe County.

Aug 2005
We Expand in Size

At this time, we serve 1,784 individuals and have close to 500 employees. We now maintain 25 active sites, including five apartments, 18 owned group homes, two day program sites, and two administrative buildings.

July 2012
Community Outreach Program Created

We create our Community Outreach Program (currently called Community Outreach Waitlist Services Program). It supports individuals on the waitlist to access other programming and adds additional support for children exiting the Early Intervention program by filling any gaps in services.

2013
Children's Extensive Support Waiver Waitlist Reduced

The state of Colorado helps to take 700 children off the Children's Extensive Support Waiver waiting list, allowing them to receive services. This effectively eliminates the years-long wait for families seeking help for their children with high needs and positively impacts many DP families.

July 2022
Developmental Pathways Logo
We Become Conflict-Free

Developmental Pathways absorbs our administrative branch, Nonprofit Management Services of Colorado, and separates from Continuum of Colorado. This is done to comply with regulations requiring case management agencies to be conflict-free under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the HCBS Final Settings Rule.

Nov 2023
Reads, "Developmental Pathways: A New Phase - Case Management Redesign (CMRD) helps us help more people." A photo of an elderly woman with a bike, bending down over a garden and tending to plants.
We Transition to a Case Management Agency

We successfully launch a major transition to become a Case Management Agency. It enables us to provide case management services for Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert counties.

2024
A family of 4 smiling with DPs 60th Anniversary logo in the corner
We Celebrate 60 Years!

We celebrate our anniversary of 60 years of dedication to individuals with disabilities! To commemorate this milestone, we are launching a year-long celebration with the theme "I Am DP,” recognizing everyone who has been a part of our journey.