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About Developmental Programs

Developmental Programs is one of four divisions of Catholic Social Services and, as such, we embrace the CSS mission, vision, core values and statement of beliefs. The scope of services offered to individuals with special needs in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the most comprehensive in the country.

The Developmental Programs division offers person-centered services in residential, community and day program settings that promote self-determination, inclusion, and advocacy. With a diverse staff of 780 people, we support some 520 children and adults who function at various levels throughout the mental retardation spectrum. As a division, we grew as the children we first supported grew into adulthood. At the heart of our life together is faith in God.

Families find peace of mind

Families can have confidence in our commitment to their loved ones and our ability to deliver quality services. Our faith based mission encourages a warm, supportive environment where each individual is treated with love and dignity. We support the total person by addressing each one's physical, recreational, emotional, and spiritual requirements. Our focus is on promoting quality of life. We encourage as much independence as possible for each individual we support, accepting the existing level of competence as a good beginning place.

Summary Timeline of the Developmental Programs Division