Central Texas Children’s Center
What We Stand For
CTCC’s Mission is to provide educational, habilitative, and social programs to children and their siblings who have been identified as having special needs.
The education of children with special needs is a main priority at CTCC. Too often, children with special needs have issues many facilities are unequipped to handle. Our programs are designed to create a fully inclusive environment for children with special needs.
Bell County Society for Crippled Children, Inc. (BCSCC), d.b.a., Central Texas Children’s Center (CTCC) was chartered as a Texas Corporation in March 1953 to provide services for the “crippled children of Bell County.” The agency was founded by Bell County lay citizens and physicians in response to the Polio epidemic of the 1950’s. In the early years, as an affiliate of the Easter Seal Society, BCSCC provided physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and a pre-school class at no cost to Bell County children with special needs.
BCSCC began operating in a converted house near the old Scott and White campus. In 1965, the Temple Lions Club built the current building and proudly supported BCSCC as one of its major community endeavors. Bell County community organizations and businesses supported BCSCC with services, funds, and donations of goods.
In the 1970’s, BCSCC in collaboration with Temple Independent School District built a classroom wing with funds supplied by the Brown Foundation. For several years BCSCC served as the TISD site for children with severe and profound disabilities. TISD provided the teaching staff and BCSCC provided rehabilitation services.
In the 1980’s, when Federal law required public schools to mainstream children with special needs into general education campuses, BCSCC changed its mission and focus to early childhood education and programs for children with special needs and their siblings.
BCSCC, governed by a Board of Directors, is a non-profit corporation exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We operate in Temple providing specialized early childhood education to families in the Temple-Belton area with priority to families who have children with special needs. Families in all parts of Bell County seek our services when appropriate care for their children with special needs is not available within their home communities.
We offer a wide variety of programs
Of Pre-K Children met school readiness indicators in FY 17/18
Years serving children in Bell County
Hours of Free Respite Services Provided in FY 17/18
Children served in FY 17/18
Central Texas Children’s Center does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any of our programs or activities.