United Services for Children is a nationally accredited, nonprofit organization that provides developmental learning and pediatric therapy services to children of all abilities. Specializing in serving preschool-age children, we are recognized leaders in providing educational and therapeutic programs for children with special needs.
For nearly 40 years, United Services has provided early intervention programs for thousands of children, equipping them to succeed as they enter Kindergarten. We operate a center at 4140 Old Mill Parkway in St. Peters, serving approximately 500 children annually. We also offer outpatient individual and group pediatric therapy.
In 1975, a team of dedicated professionals and determined parents searched for a way to ensure children with disabilities would receive services in St. Charles County. They launched a nonprofit organization that would become known as United Services for Children. Two organizations—the United Cerebral Palsy Association and St. Louis Hearing and Speech—used United Way grants to finance the new agency, which was incorporated in 1977.
By 1985, United Services was providing educational and therapeutic services for 35 children. Enrollment increased after St. Charles County voters in 1986 approved the allocation of tax dollars for organizations that served people with disabilities.
In 1988, United Services moved into its current headquarters on Old Mill Parkway in St. Peters. The building allowed the agency to serve more children than ever before, including an expansion of services for typically developing children. United Services expanded the facility in 1990 after four school districts, acting on a federal mandate, contracted with the agency to serve their preschool students with disabilities. The same mandate required each state to establish a First Steps program that would identify at birth children with disabilities, and contract with local agencies like United Services to provide early intervention therapy and education.
The agency in 2003 launched a project to build a second facility that would expand services in western St. Charles County. In July 2004, it completed a new building on Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie. The agency operated this "US West" facility through May 2015.
In 2013, United Services launched Uncommon Grace Pediatric Therapy, an expanded outpatient program that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and feeding therapy to children age birth through 8 years. Uncommon Grace offers individual and group therapy options, and accepts Medicaid and most major insurance carriers.
Today, United Services for Children employs 135 people, including teachers, therapists and administrators, who work every day to ensure that the agency remains the leader in preparing children of all abilities to reach their full potential.