On September 24, 1954, during a time when there was no place in Evansville, Indiana prepared to accommodate the specific needs of individuals with disabilities, a small group of passionate parents explored the possibility of changing these circumstances for their children. Encouraged by the positive results of an experimental play group, the parents formed the Evansville Association for Retarded Children (EARC). The facility officially opened on November 29, 1954, in donated space at the East Side Christian Church and served 14 children aged three to eight.