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Danville Child Development Center is Montour County’s first and oldest non-profit child development program. DCDC first opened its doors in February of 1974 with a goal to provide the highest quality childcare and early education to local children, regardless of their background. DCDC was established as a safe and nurturing environment where children can play and learn together.

The original Center, founded by Dr. Kathleen Mulligan and Nancy Vella, rapidly grew from six children and two co-founders in a local church to a large organization serving upwards of 400 children a year, ranging in ages from infancy to school-aged. Danville Child Development Center received grants and financing through various governmental agencies to grow, but the primary source of funding continues to be the tuition paid by parents of enrolled children.

Over the years, DCDC grew into a multifaceted organization that also provided early intervention services. Until 2018, DCDC administered child care subsidies for Montour County and the surrounding counties of Northumberland and Columbia.  A satellite site built for our school-aged program also allows us to provide preschool to additional children, host a My Toddler & Me class and a Playgroup as well as share our garden with the Danville community.

Our roots remain focused on early learning. Our preschool programs at both Wall Street and Bloom Road are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Unlike other programs in the area, our Wall Street Preschool also operates throughout the summer. Certified teachers are on-staff to plan a variety of activities for the children during this time, with a more relaxed atmosphere and daily schedule. Today, DCDC on Wall Street and Bloom Road are the only accredited programs by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and both are designated at Star 4 (the highest) in the Keystone STARS quality rating system in Montour County.

Danville Child Development Center is Montour County’s first and oldest non-profit early learning program. DCDC opened its doors in February of 1974 with the primary goal of providing the highest quality child care and early education to local children. DCDC was established as a safe and nurturing environment where all children can play and learn together.

DCDC traces its roots back to a small church basement with six children and our co-founders, Dr. Kathleen Mulligan and Nancy Vella. DCDC is now a large organization serving upwards of 300 children a year, ranging from infancy to school-age. Since its early beginnings, DCDC has also been an early intervention service provider.

In 2011, DCDC opened a satellite site for our school-age program, allowing us to meet the increased demand for preschool programming, host a My Toddler & Me class and Playgroup, and provide a home to Danville’s Community Garden on our land.

Our roots remain focused on early learning, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education licenses our preschool programs at both Wall Street and Bloom Road. Our Wall Street Preschool offers the same programming and educational experiences throughout the summer, unlike other Preschool programs in the area. Certified teachers plan a variety of hands-on,
engaging activities for children over the summer, with a more relaxed atmosphere and daily schedule. Today, DCDC on Wall Street and Bloom Road are the only accredited programs by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Montour County. Both are designated Star 4 (out of four) in the Keystone STARS quality rating system.

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1459 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821-9141
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986 Wall Street, Danville, PA 17821-1744

Accreditations & Awards

Danville Child Development Center is continually striving to provide the best in child care and education. To do this, we have achieved and maintained the following accreditation. Learn More >

Mission

DCDC is a community based organization dedicated to giving children a strong foundation for lifelong success by providing support to families and high-quality early learning experiences in safe, nurturing and engaging environments. Learn More >

Staff

Danville Child Development Center believes that one of our main strengths comes from the quality of our teaching and care-giving staff. We take pride in the commitment of these fine professionals for they are the heart of our program. We believe that ongoing professional development, as well as acknowledgment of their dedication, is vital to their own success and that of our program. Without a dedicated group of professionals, we would be unable to deliver the high caliber of services for which Danville Child Development Center is known and respected. Learn More >