About Kids Center
Since 1958, Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies has provided physical, occupational, and speech therapies to special needs children to help them reach their full potential. Kids Center provides these services regardless of the family’s ability to afford the cost of care.
Kids Center is a comprehensive nonprofit outpatient therapy center for children, teens, and young adults with developmental disabilities and delays. More than 1,200 kids, ages birth to 21, currently receive care at Kids Center; our therapists see between 600 and 700 children each week.
Kids Center has existed since 1958
In 1958, a group of parents of children with cerebral palsy filed the paperwork to become a nonprofit in Kentucky, incorporating the name United Cerebral Palsy of Louisville. The organization began by working as an affiliate of the national organization, United Cerebral Palsy.
- The organization’s original commitment was to provide necessary therapies for children regardless of the family’s ability to pay. It is a commitment still upheld by Kids Center today.
- From the beginning, United Cerebral Palsy offered three types of therapies: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. All three services are still offered at Kids Center today.
Kids Center moved to Eastern Parkway in 1986
Kids Center left its downtown location, moving into the first floor of what had been the Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital on Eastern Parkway.
Name changes In 1989 and 2005
United Cerebral Palsy becomes Cerebral Palsy K.I.D.S. Center, keeping the same mission but changing the name to reflect the organization’s broader reach. K.I.D.S. stood for Kentickiana Institute of Developmental Services. And in 2009, to reflect an even broader array of services, Cerebral Palsy K.I.D.S. Center changed to Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies.
Activities of Daily Living Suite added in 2012
Kids Center opened its Activities of Daily Living suite, a unique portion of the center that links a bathroom, living room, and eat-in kitchen for occupational therapy. The equipment in each room allows clients to practice skills like cooking, laundry, and operating household items in a safe and therapy-oriented environment.
Kids Center merged with the Louisville Pediatric Therapy Center, expanding the number of therapists and adding a second campus, the East Campus on Bluegrass Parkway.
Why does Kids Center Exist?
There are few opportunities in this region for special needs children to access affordable therapy. Kids Center provides care to children regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
What is the need?
KIDS COUNT, an annual report compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, estimates that nearly 22,000 school-age children and teens with special needs live within the 9 counties where Kids Center focuses its service area: Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties in Indiana.