Developmental Disabilities

We invite you to come see our beautiful facility and experience all that we offer at the Starr Center.

Call to schedule a tour


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday


7815 W. 16th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214

The Starr Center

The Starr Center is a place where young adults with developmental disabilities can come to learn, achieve their goals, and gain independence. Our Adult Day Program focuses on continuous learning in a caring, supportive and engaging environment.

We welcome people with a variety of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and chronic conditions such as Down syndrome, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, cognitive disabilities, etc.

Activities & Learning Experiences

Our highly trained and caring staff is committed to providing a learning environment so young adults can reach their full potential. Participants learn and grow through:

Field Trips

– Being out in the community provides opportunities for participants to learn new things, meet new people, and discover how to safely utilize the community resources that are available. We take field trips to museums, parks, local restaurants, the mall, etc.

Job Readiness Training

– Participants can volunteer in the community while receiving pre-vocational training. They learn job skills, social skills, and responsibility, and feel valued and productive.

Leisure and Therapeutic Activities

– We offer participants time and space to engage in their favorite activities while socializing with peers. They can choose activities such as art expression, music therapy, games and more.

Life Skills Training

– Participants have the opportunity to experience “real life” learning situations according to their needs and levels. We teach skills such as personal hygiene and appearance, cooking, laundry, shopping, reading, etc.

Reward System

– Participants receive pretend money, “Starr Bucks,” for their participation in activities and for positive behaviors. They can then exchange their Starr Bucks for items at the Starr Market mini store. This gives them an opportunity to receive rewards and practice money skills.

Social Events

– We offer dances, parties or other social gatherings several times a year. Participants get to choose the type of event, and be involved in the preparation.


We serve 3 nutritious meals a day: a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

All our meals are planned and prepared by our participants, with the help of the staff. Together they plan the meal, shop for groceries, and cook the meals. Then the participants’ names go on the menu for everyone to see.

Sample Lunch Menu
Sample Snack Menu
Sample Newsletter

Service Provider Certifications

The Starr Center is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a service provider and accepts enrollments from young adults who are in Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver (EBD) and Home and Community Waiver (HCMI) programs.

The Starr Center is also certified by the Division for Developmental Disabilities (DDD) as a program approved service agency.

We accept enrollment from the local Community Center Boards: Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC), Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS), and North Metro Community Services.


Community Center Boards