A Peek into our our story
In 1946, six parents from Philadelphia came together to make a better life for their children who had been born with cerebral palsy.
In 1950, became affiliated with the national United Cerebral Palsy Association and changed its name. In 1955, the nation’s first resident home for individuals with disabilities was established in Philadelphia.
The 1960s was a decade of growth providing support for adults in the areas of independent living, vocational training, employment, and recreation. Established child development and day care programs for children with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities.
Kryptonites athletic team was established providing competitive sports opportunities for people with disabilities. In 1978, Respite Care Program began offering temporary placement for and an individual with a disability when daily support could not be provided.
Established community living programs for people with disabilities. In 1987, moved into its current headquarters in the Chestnut Hill. Child development programs were created for children with special needs. In 1988, the beginning of Best Friends program providing day care services for the children.
Began building new homes for residents. In 1992, the Widener Memorial Playground was built with accessibility as a priority. In 1993, the first Family Support Legacy Fund, at the time known as the Special Purpose Fund, was established.
In 2005, Best Friends earned their three Keystone Stars, a Pennsylvania initiative to improve the quality of child care programs. In 2017, Blossom Philadelphia was established.