Day Services

Pioneer Center is the leading human service provider in McHenry County for adults with developmental disabilities. We offer a wide range of services that assist with life skills, vocational training, and community inclusion all designed to gain greater independence and quality of life.

Pioneer Center works with individuals 18 years or older with a developmental disability.


Programs are specifically designed to assist individuals of various independence levels in developing life skills. The goal of our community day programs is to help develop life skills so that each individual can live a dignified life of well-being, independence and inclusion. There are specific programs offered to individuals with autism and for those who are seniors.


We offer both classroom and community settings for individuals that include:

  • Community based recreation experiences
  • Pre-vocational training
  • Life skills building
  • Health and wellness activities
  • Volunteer opportunities at local organizations

Day Services FAQs

How do I know what tools or programs my loved one needs?

Each individual is assigned a community support team that helps develop a plan called an PCP or “Person Centered  Plan”. This plan is designed based upon an individual’s goals and takes into account their strengths, needs and preferences. There are also programs offered to individuals with autism and seniors.

When are day programs offered?

Pioneer Center provides Community Day Programming Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 2:30pm with opportunities for Special Olympics and Recreational Programs weeknights and weekends.

Is there medical assistance during the day?

Yes, there is a full-time Day Program Nurse that supports the needs of those being served while at day programs.

Do you provide Respite Care?

Unfortunately, we no longer provide Respite Care assistance.

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