Welcome To Valley Achievement Center

A leading non-profit organization serving individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Valley Achievement Center of Bakersfield, CA was started in 1998 to provide children with autism and other developmental disabilities an educational setting in which they would thrive. Over the last two decades, VAC and our offerings have grown dramatically to provide a wide variety of educational, behavior modification and socialization day programs for both children and adults of all ages affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. We now have 4 facilities and close to 300 amazing employees in Bakersfield. 

VAC’s programs for children consist of its morning full inclusion preschool, full day Basic Education Program, after school preschool program, intermediate after school program (ages 6-9), after school program (ages 10 -22), and after school social skills program. All programs utilize Applied Behavior Analysis techniques to develop personalized goals and objectives, which are then implemented through one-to-one or three-to-one instruction models.

VAC is also proud to offer six unique programs for adults including Independent Living Skills, Supported Living Services, Group Supported Employment, Individual Supported Employment, PVSA (Professional, Vocational, Social Adjustment), and the Power Start Behavioral Management Day Program. Our offerings focus on improving functional, social and daily living skills for both supported and independent living situations, as well as developing self-advocacy. In addition, four of our programs focus on developing skills related to vocational training and enhancing the adult’s employability.

All of the programs at Valley Achievement Center rely on funding from grants, corporate sponsors, and our wonderful donors made up of our local Bakersfield community, autism advocates and friends and families of our clients. We are so appreciative of your help and support and invite you to follow along with us on Facebook or complete our contact form to receive updates on VAC.

We could not provide our programs without your donations and assistance. Every volunteer helps. Every dollar counts. For more information on how you can give back to Valley Achievement Center, please click here.


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Valley Achievement Center’s Covid-19 Statement


To all Clients, Parents, and Supporters of Valley Achievement Center :

In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s order that individuals remain at home to stop the spread of Covid-19, Valley Achievement Center (VAC) has made changes to the way services in VAC’s programs are delivered until further notice from state and local government and health officials.  Last week, each of our clients or their parents/caretakers should have received instructions from the client’s program staff explaining how the client’s program will continue to operate during this time. If you are a VAC client, or the parent/caretaker of a VAC client, and have not been given any instructions, please call or email the Program Manager, Site Facilitator or Program Director for the client’s program.  If for some reason you cannot reach program staff, please email kparker@autism-vac.org.

While adjustments have been made to how we deliver services to limit the spread of Covid-19, there has been no change in VAC’s commitment to VAC’s clients and their families.  As you read this, VAC staff members are working tirelessly to identify creative and engaging ways to support our clients during this difficult and uncertain time.

We know this is a very challenging time for all of us, in particular our clients and their families/caretakers.   The passion and dedication that all of us at VAC have for providing life-changing services for individuals with disabilities will never waiver.  Together, we will get through this.

Thank you,


Laura M. Williams

Executive Director

Valley Achievement Center

(661) 431-1466, ext. 2002