Mission, Vision & Values


The GEM Center serves children who struggle to realize their full potential in a typical school environment using a comprehensive, intradisciplinary model that focuses on Successful Learning, Social-Emotional Development, Social Skills, Executive Functioning, Communication Skills, and Life and Career Skills. The GEM Center is committed to providing personalized and strengths-based programming to optimize each student's intellectual, academic, social, and social-emotional development.


To serve as a collaborative model for education, therapeutic, and vocational programming for complex learners. To expand the reach of evidence-based, intradisciplinary programming focused on whole child development, and helping learners reach their unique self-determination and quality of life goals. To empower 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.

13130 N. Ranger Rd.
Parker, CO 80138
Phone: (303) 805-9110
Fax: (888) 920-2198

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