In its 45th year, the primary goals and accomplishments of the Child Development and Family Council of Centre County are geared toward supporting and promoting children’s developmental potential and well-being and to enable families to obtain quality, affordable, accessible childcare, while promoting self-sufficiency and financial stability. CDFC partners with many community organizations, helping the people reached by our programs access the full range of services and opportunities that Centre County offers.
CDFC operates a variety of programs: Child Care and Education Centers for children six weeks through sixth grade, Pre-K Counts, The Centre County Child Care and Education Safety Net Program for Children and Youth and Child and Adult Care Food Program and Child Care Information Services of Centre and Clinton Counties. These signature programs are funded by parent fees for child care services, by Centre County United Way, PA EITC Pre-K Scholarship Program, private donations and awards and by state government through competitive grant processes with the state Departments of Public Welfare and Education.
CDFC’s programs work to ensure the availability, affordability, accessibility and quality of child care and education programs in Centre County.
CDFC is about our children. Our focus is on ensuring that each, unique, individual child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential among a diverse population of children in the company of adults with professional expertise and nurturing skills. We believe in the quality of the programs offered, so all of CDFC’s Child Care and Education Centers located throughout Centre County can participate in the state’s quality improvement program Keystone STARS. CDFC’s programs work to maximize the health, education and welfare of as many children and families as possible — from promoting healthy eating and physical activity to providing varied educational development experiences to children, their parent/caretakers and our staff.
CDFC is also about families, helping them secure financial stability, acting responsibly to support their children while they work, job train or educate. We offer families equity in the child care marketplace by insuring affordability irrespective of income level, through our own scholarship programs and at a larger scale through operation of CCIS of Centre and Clinton counties.
To achieve the best outcomes for children and families, fostering their greatest successes and triumphs, CDFC cannot stand alone. We help to secure our future by keeping the issues surrounding our most vulnerable population — our children — visible. We act as a “council” helping to bring community together, collaboratively and in partnerships. We believe that together we can change the world, one child at a time.
Ann Walker is the executive administrator of Child Development and Family Council of Centre County Inc., which is a Centre County United Way Partner Agency.