Arizona Children's Colony

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Arizona Children's Colony
Established 1949
Opened 1952
Current Status Active
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Coolidge, AZ
Alternate Names
  • Arizona developmental Center
  • Arizona Training Program at Coolidge


The Arizona Children’s Colony was established to care for and educate “mentally defective children in the state of Arizona” and to “develop each child to the fullest, making him as independent and self-sustaining as his limited capacities will permit.” (1951 Annual Report). Starting with a capacity of 350 residents, the population grew to 1,200 in 1969, and now maintains an ongoing census of about 70 residents.