40 Years of Any Baby Can

40th anniversary logoAs we look back, we’re also looking forward at the impact our programs have on families across Central Texas. We’ll share client stories, program successes, and more resources for families.

As our region grows, our agency also grows to serve more families and provide comprehensive services that range from healthcare and education to emotional support and basic needs.

Any Baby Can partners with parents to develop skills, identify resources and navigate systems so children can reach their full potential. We believe strong families are at the core of thriving communities. All parents should feel supported, valued and empowered to ensure their children have the best chance at a bright future.

Join us to Celebrate

Join us at one of our major fundraisers to help celebrate and support our work.

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A Look Back

In 1979, CEDEN (Center for Development, Education and Nutrition) Family Resource Center was founded to provide comprehensive services to families in East Austin in need of prenatal, early childhood and parenting education.

In 1992, Any Baby Can of Austin began serving the community after a Texas Department of State Health Services needs assessment determined that a significant population of children with special needs resided in the area. At the time, the operating budget was $120,000 per year, we had 3 employees, and served 135 clients each year. On April 1, 2000 CEDEN Family Resource Center and Any Baby Can of Austin merged, forming the organization you know today.

Austin in 1979

  • Population 341,000 (source U.S. Census Bureau and City of Austin)
  • No Whole Foods (it opened the following year in 1980)
  • Katz’s Deli opened
  • In the hey-day of the original Liberty Lunch
  • Austin City Limits celebrated its 5-year anniversary on PBS
  • Average home price is $60,000

U.S. in 1979

  • Jimmy Carter was president
  • No Whole Foods (it opened the following year in 1980)
  • McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal
  • An Atari cost $199 and a Toyota Corolla was $3,698
  • “My Sharona” by the Knack spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts

Any Baby Can in the News

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Visit our Austin office and hear about our programs from staff and clients.