13130 N. Ranger Road
Parker, CO 80138
Phone: (303) 805-9110
Fax: (303) 805-5921

©2019 by The GEM Center | Parker, Colorado

Mission, Vision & Values


The GEM Center is committed to providing a unique academic, social-emotional and safe learning environment for children with high functioning autism and co-occurring social-emotional and behavioral challenges using evidence-based, integrated and interdisciplinary programming designed to ensure our learners reach their full potential.


The GEM Center is an innovative and collaborative learning environment that strives to support our learners reach their unique self-determination and quality of life goals. We believe in a strengths-based approach that empowers our children to have a purpose, achieve independence and thrive within their schools, homes, and communities.


  • We want our children to have the richest and fullest lives possible.

  • We focus on the strengths of our children so that our learners grow to be empowered and confident individuals who thrive at home, at school and in their communities.

  • The underlying needs of individuals with Autism and co-occurring disabilities need to be met before any learning can take place. When those needs are addressed with comprehensive, evidence-based programming these children thrive.

  • Our population of learners grow exponentially when they are provided foundationally strong curriculum with hands-on, project-based learning opportunities where their special interests and talents are incorporated into their work.

  • Children with communicative, social-emotional and behavioral challenges deserve the highest quality educational opportunities with appropriate services and accommodations to access their education.

  • Educational and clinical programming should be accountable to produce outcomes that improve independence and intellectual, social-emotional and functional progress. 

  • We believe that our programming is only effective if learning and skills can be transferred to home, school and the community.

  • Our children deserve to learn and develop skills in a safe, fun, respectful and supportive environment where they are set up for success.

  • The only appropriate education is where our learners are making meaningful progress.

  • Each child deserves an individualized educational and intervention plan designed to meet their specific developmental, social-emotional, and educational needs.