Esperanza Center was established in 1952 to meet the social and educational needs of upper Manhattan's Latino community. In 1973, Centro Social la Esperanza, Inc., opened a comprehensive daytime program for adults with developmental disabilities residing with their families.

Over the years Esperanza has expanded the programs and geographical area to encompass all of Manhattan and the Bronx. While the target population has increased to include children and the number and types of programs have grown to include residential, case management, recreational and others, the main purpose of the service has remained intact: the acquisition of daily living skills, social adaptation and enhanced motor skills. With these goals we assure the individual's continued residence in the community, promoting independence and productivity.