Our History

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.

MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF ANY BABY CAN

In 2019, we celebrated 40 years of serving Central Texas 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 families to build stability, develop skills, and unlock each child’s 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.

“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

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ANY BABY CAN THROUGH THE AGES

  • 1979

    Our Founding

    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, which later merged with Any Baby Can.

  • 1992

    Any Baby Can Begins

    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 annual operating budget was $120,000, we had 3 employees, and served 135 clients each year.

  • 2000

    CEDEN Mergers with Any Baby Can

    On April 1, 2000, CEDEN Family Resource Center and Any Baby Can of Austin merged, 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.

  • 2002

    No Estás Solo

    Any Baby Can establishes No Estás Solo, Mental Health Counseling Program.

  • 2003

    Candelighters

    Any Baby Can welcomes Candlighters Childhood Cancer Program.

  • 2008

    CHAT and Nurse Family Partnership

    Any Baby Can adopts Children's Hearing Aid Texas (CHAT) and Nurse-Family Partnership is implemented at Any Baby Can.

    Our Healthy and Fair Start Program adopted the Parents as Teachers model in 2008. 

  • 2015

    New Location

    Any Baby Can relocates to Sheridan Avenue.

  • 2017

    Program Expansion

    Any Baby Can expands its programs: Early Childhood Intervention, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Healthy and Fair Start.

  • 2019

    San Marcos Expansion

    In January 2019 the San Marcos (The Village Main) office opened. Read more.

  • 2020

    Program and Location Expansion

    In February 2020 Any Baby Can opened its Blanco County location.

    In addition, Nurse-Family Partnership expanded to Bastrop and Hays Counties in 2020.

  • 2020

    Where We Are Now

    Any Baby Can operates with 130+ staff, $11 million budget, and serves 3,600+ clients.