Creating Brighter Futures
for Children with Special Needs
Achievement Academy (formerly Child Development Center of Polk County, Inc.) has served children with developmental delays and disabilities for more than 60 years. Opening in 1955 as United Cerebral Palsy, Achievement Academy has expanded over the years to include children with various types of developmental delays or disabilities. Today we are a non-profit United Way agency and fully accredited public Charter School serving children from birth to age six with comprehensive early intervention programs.
There are two programs that are provided by Achievement Academy — The Birth to Three program and the Charter School. Both are offered at no charge to the children and their families.
The Birth to Three Program provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers up to three years of age throughout Polk County who are "at-risk" for developmental delays and/or have been identified with a specific diagnosis. Professional early interventionists from Achievement Academy serve these children and families in their homes or natural environment.
The Charter School has a total of 157 students, age 18 months through age five, with three campus locations: Lakeland, Winter Haven and Bartow. Each facility offers specialized instruction by certified teachers; small class sizes; individual speech, occupational and physical therapies; and assistive technologies that enable each student to reach his or her full potential.
Our Mission: Assist children with special needs to reach their maximum potential
by providing quality education, therapy and family support.
See what families have to say about Achievement Academy
... I know in my heart, she never would have been able to do this if it were not for the help she has received from Achievement Academy.