The history of Any Baby Can began in 1979 with CEDEN (Child and Family Resource Center) and Dr. Emily Vargas-Baron, a trailblazer in early childhood intervention and education.
“Any Baby Can performs a huge service to the community and without our programs we’d see many more social problems. Any Baby Can employs some of the best early interventionists I have seen and worked with, and embodies the same passion and highly-skilled services.”
- Dr. Vargas-Baron
ANY BABY CAN THROUGH THE AGES
In 1979, Dr. Vargas-Baron brought early childhood intervention (ECI) to Austin, making it one of the first cities in the United States—and the world—to offer ECI services, even before the program existed at the national level. Dr. Vargas-Baron designed and developed the home-based model that we still use at Any Baby Can. She was a trailblazer and the founder of CEDEN (Center for Development, Education and Nutrition) Family Resource Center.
Any Baby Can Begins
In 1992, Any Baby Can of Austin begins 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 annual operating budget was $120,000, we had 3 employees, and served 135 clients each year.
CEDEN Mergers with Any Baby Can
On April 1, 2000, CEDEN Family Resource Center and Any Baby Can of Austin merge, forming the organization you know today. The merger capitalized on the strengths of both organizations to provide a continuum of services to children and families.
No Estás Solo
Any Baby Can establishes No Estás Solo, a mental health counseling program.
Any Baby Can welcomes Candlelighters, a childhood cancer program.
CHAT and Nurse-Family Partnership
Any Baby Can begins to offer Children's Hearing Aid Texas (CHAT) and Nurse-Family Partnership programs.
Our Healthy and Fair Start program adopts the Parents as Teachers model.
Any Baby Can relocates to Sheridan Avenue.
Any Baby Can expands the service areas for Early Childhood Intervention, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Healthy and Fair Start.
San Marcos Expansion
In January 2019 the San Marcos (The Village Main) office opened. Read more.
Blanco, Bastrop and Hays Expansion
In February 2020, Any Baby Can opens a Blanco County office and Nurse-Family Partnership expands to Bastrop and Hays Counties. In addition, Any Baby Can’s Early Childhood Intervention expands its service area to include western Travis County.
Beginning in March 2020, the agency adopts telehealth practices to reduce barriers to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where We Are Now
Any Baby Can operates with 160+ staff, $13+ million budget, and serves 2,900+ clients.