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 the primary goal of providing the highest quality child care 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 has always been and continues to be private tuition paid by parents of enrolled children.
Over the years, DCDC has grown into a multifaceted organization also providing 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 age 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 still remain focused on early learning and our preschool programs at both Wall Street and Bloom Road are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our Wall Street Preschool also operates throughout the summer, unlike other programs in the area. 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.
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 accreditations. Learn More >
DCDC is a community based organization dedicated to giving children a strong foundation for lifelong success by providing supports to families and high quality early learning experiences in safe, nurturing and engaging environments. Learn More >
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 acknowledgement of their dedication is vital to their own personal 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 >