The Day Activity Center was the first step along the vocational service continuum. A 1979 study by the U.S. Department of Labor, and the California Department of Finance established that people had a long wait to move to the next "higher level program."

Program Average wait to move to the next highest level % of clients moving to the higher level during a year
Day Activity Center 37 Years 2.7%
Work Activity Center / Sheltered Workshop 10 Years 7.4% moved to competitive jobs 3% moved to a regular program center
Regular Program Center 9 Years 11.3%
Competitive Job