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2016 Summer SACK Registration is now Open!

We’re different from other camps! DCDC’s Summer School Age Care for Kids (SACK) program offers ALL-DAY SACK SummerCAMP for Kindergarteners to 12 year olds.  Our program is run with degreed teaching staff with over three decades of combined experience, that are seasoned professionals specially trained to provide your child with a camp program that is fun, enriching and energetic.

No added fees to your weekly tuition. Field Trips, Swimming, Breakfast and Snack are all included in the tuition. We ask parents to provide a bag lunch for their children.

Our Summer SACK program is a STAR 3 Keystone Stars facility, licensed by the Dept. of Human Services.

Sign up today! Click Here for our Registration Form.

Munchie Mondays – Create/Cook/Bake a healthy snack to go along with our theme.

Take Me Away Tuesdays -Field trip/Guest Presenter (Planned so far BTE, Lake Tobias, Whitaker Center, plus more to come)

Wacky Wednesdays – Out of the Ordinary fashion for the day.

Tropical Thursdays – Get out the bathing suit, we are going swimming.

Fun Day Fridays – A day of learning stations and drama games.

Help Sponsor DCDC’s 10th Annual Event

DCDC’s Dinner & A Show
Featuring Dueling Pianos International
Sponsorship Guide

Join us and our professional entertainers as they tickle the ivories and tickle your funny bones! Put two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians with two grand pianos on a stage, then add in a roomful of people; The result is an evening of fast, funny, and unforgettable entertainment. Their musical repertoire ranges from Classic Rock to Country, Hard Rock to R&B, and Show Tunes to Top 40. Our entertainers engage the audience making them the star of the show. It only takes a song to have the party goers shouting out requests, singing along to favorites, bantering with performers, and having the time of their lives.

On Friday, April 15, 2016, Danville Child Development is tickled to celebrate over 40 years of providing safe, nurturing and educational experiences for children in the greater Montour County area. As we look toward to the future of providing area children with great beginnings for our greatest resource, won’t you join us by supporting our Tenth Annual event?

This is the Center’s 10th year with nearly $70,000 raised to support the organization. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit:
DCDC’s Building our Future Fund.
The 2016 DINNER will be held at
The Beautiful Pine Barn Inn, Danville, PA

For more information and to become a Sponsor check out our Sponsorship Guide! Questions or to signup call or email Diana Verbeck at 570-275-4047 or dverbeck@danvillecdc.org.

Come Share With Us!

We are looking for grandparents and parents of all ages to share a story, a talent or a hobby with our DCDC children. If you are interested please call us at 570-275-4047 or click on the click for more information. Share with us information

Danville Child Development Center Director Dixon represents Pennsylvania at White House

DCDC representing in the House. A DD White Housegreat article by Karen Blackledge of the Danville News.

DANVILLE — Diana Dixon happened to be at the White House when a postal employee flew onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The executive director of the nonprofit Danville Child Development Center and others were meeting in the Eisenhower Office Building at the time.

“Security was beefed up. We couldn’t get our picture taken on the front of the West Wing,” she said. Secret Service cars were everywhere, she said.

Before the April 15-16 forum she attended with about 20 others and two White House domestic policy staff officials, Vice President Joe Biden and the Iraqi prime minister had met in that same room.

She didn’t get a glimpse of either but she and her group were told even before the flight incident they wouldn’t be able to tour the West Wing because the Iraqi prime minister was in town. The President was in North Carolina at the time.

“It was a neat experience and interesting — something you don’t get to do every day,” she said of her participation at the forum of for-profit and nonprofit early care and education providers.

“It was awe-inspiring,” she said.

The board chairman of the Pennsylvania Childcare Association the past eight years, Dixon represented the organization because the association’s director was unable to attend. There were four people from Pennsylvania with others coming from throughout the country, including Hawaii and Texas.

They met with Roberto Rodriguez, deputy assistant to the President for education, and Kyle Lierman, liaison in the Office of Public Engagement.

The focus of the 1-and-a-half-hour meeting with the domestic policy staff was on the White House initiative “Invest in Us,” aimed at strengthening early childhood programs.

“We need public and private partnerships and ongoing investment in high-quality programs to support young children and their families,” said Dixon, who will mark 17 years as center executive director in June and has worked in the child care field since 1993.

People at the meeting took turns speaking on various bullet points. One of the points was supporting work for families with low incomes as opposed to making sure children have what they need in terms of quality programming, she said. “We need to make sure it is beneficial to the children. Low-quality settings can be detrimental to their development,” she said.

The purpose of the forum was for the child care providers to share their support of the “Invest in Us” campaign of the Early Care and Education Consortium launched in December and to “make sure people on the domestic policy staff realize our goal as providers and making sure they understand our intent to work together as a group nationally,” she said.

The consortium is a non-profit trade association of multi-site providers, state child care associations and educational services providers representing 7,500 programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

She said more public and private funds are needed to improve high-quality child care.

“There just aren’t enough,” she said of providers, adding those with high-quality child care often do it at a financial loss.

“Our center charges a lot less than it actually costs to provide high-quality care,” she said.

The center is accredited by the Department of Human Services, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has been rated a 4A Keystone Stars center, the highest rating possible, since the Keystone Stars pilot program began in 2000 in Pennsylvania.

At the forum, she spoke on the issue of viewing child care subsidy as a work force issue versus what a child needs. “There is definitely an affordability issue across all income levels,” said Dixon who sat around the table with representatives of nationally known large child care providers which included Knowledge Universe, Goddard and YMCA of USA.

At the Danville center, families can receive subsidies through state and federal dollars based on their wages and family size.

The center, in its 41st year, enrolls more than 1,000 children, from infant through age 12, each year at the Wall Street and Bloom Road locations. The center, serving mostly Montour and Columbia counties, is gearing up for its summer school-age program.