In 1974, Nancy Vella and Kathleen Mulligan opened the doors to the Danville Day Care Center for Child Development with 6 children in a church basement. Nancy Vella was a nurse with an interest in working with young children with special needs. Kathleen had just finished her Masters in Education and was working as a speech therapist, who herself, had dealt with issues related to the lack of child care while she was earning her degrees. It is with this foundation, that DCDC was born.
The lack of available child care for young mothers working or pursuing education, coupled with the segregation of children with special needs, gave rise to the inspiration for the goal of: an integrated instructional setting in full daycare; a Nursery Program also fully integrated; Speech assessments; and at some point a special needs program for the more severely involved children.
DCDC has come a long way from that first visionary goal. DCDC has grown into a recognized early learning organization serving over 400 children annually. With two centers to call its own, DCDC couldn’t exist as the beacon of excellence it is today with our dedicated staff of 40+ employees.
DCDC has served as a model of leadership and excellence within the early learning community since its early days. Touted as a model inclusive program by a former Department of Public Welfare Deputy Secretary, DCDC also has the distinction of being the only nationally accredited, PA Department of Education (PDE) licensed preschool in the two county area for 20 years. DCDC has also been a participant in the Commonwealth’s Keystone STARS program since its pilot in 2001 where it received its STAR 4 rating, the highest quality rating of the system.
During the last 10 years, DCDC has seen tremendous growth, including the purchase of a new preschool and school age site and expansion of our early intervention home visitation program. The $1.2m purchase and repurposing of the old Danville Auto Auction site on Bloom Road has allowed DCDC to expand and create additional services for the community’s children.
DCDC’s home visiting early intervention program has seen a 40% increase in growth over the past five years between an expansion into Northumberland County and an increase in the need for services.
Despite our local reputation for being a program for “only children with special needs”, DCDC now provides early learning services to all children regardless of ability or socio-economic level.
We offer a variety of child care enrollment options, with both of our preschool programs having their PDE license. Our Wall Street center offers full and part time care and early education, while our Bloom Rd center offers a full day preschool program, as well as before and after care, and summer care for school age students.
With over 80% of teachers having educational degrees, DCDC is poised to provide the highest quality early learning experiences to all children, from infants through school age.
Once COVID settles down, we are looking forward to getting back to providing our My Toddler & Me classes and our Playgroup at Bloom Rd.
DCDC provides early intervention services to children ages birth – three. As one of the original providers of home based early intervention programming, our growing team of teachers and therapists provide key developmental supports to children across all socio-economic strata in Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties.
DCDC also has tuition assistance available for families through the United Way and the EITC program.
DCDC continues to be an active part of its community, supporting causes and organizations that are near and dear to their heart. These include being a collection site for Danville’s Community Christmas Tree, involvement with the March of Dimes March for Babies, and the annual Children’s Fair at the Columbia Mall (when it’s not a pandemic!). Program leadership is actively involved with the Press Enterprise’s Brighter Christmas Fund and DCDC is now the Danville Area’s fiscal agent. DCDC is a member of both the Danville Business Alliance and the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce.
DCDC has updated its Family Pandemic Policy to reflect current changes to the PA DOH’s Updated Quarantine Recommendations for Persons Exposed to COVID-19. The updated information in the document contains links to PA DOH’s full health alert. Below is the relevant information for families, as applicable from the 12/4/20 Health Alert:
DOH is providing options to shorten quarantine for contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2
infection. The most protective recommended quarantine period remains at 14 days post
Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during
• When testing resources are sufficient, quarantine can end after day 7 if a diagnostic
specimen (e.g., RT-PCR, antigen) tests negative and is collected on day 5 or thereafter and
the person remains asymptomatic.
• Quarantine may not be further shortened beyond the end of day 7.
• Testing of symptomatic persons seeking evaluation for infection must be prioritized over
testing for early discontinuation of quarantine.
• These updated recommendations are for the community at large and do not apply to
• If you have questions about this guidance, please call your local health department or 1-
The full Family Pandemic Policy can be found here: DCDC Family Pandemic Policy V.7
Thanks to generous support from local businesses and corporations, DCDC has Scholarship Funds available for preschool aged children.
DCDC’s preschool programs are dual licensed by the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Human Services, and taught by teachers with degrees in early childhood/elementary education.
DCDC has both full time and part time programs available. Call us at 570-275-4047 for more information!
A special thanks to PPL, Cole’s Hardware, First Keystone Community Bank, Philadelphia Insurance Companies for their contributions through PA’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. If you are a business and you’d like more information on how to take advantage of the EITC program, email Diana Verbeck.
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Danville Child Development is off to Vegas, celebrating 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 natural resource, won’t you join us by supporting our Ninth Annual event?
Travel back to the days of prohibition, speakeasies and jazz! Our guests at this year’s event will partake in a spectacular ROARING 20’s experience complete with casino games, flappers, and live music! Dinner and drinks will be served by our Celebrity Waiters to our guests.
This is the Center’s ninth year with over $60,000 raised to support the organization. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit
DCDC’s Building our Future Fund.
The 2015 Celebrity Waiter Event will be held at
the historic Danville Borough Ballroom.
WHY SPONSOR CELEBRITY WAITER?
Celebrity Waiter represents a unique opportunity to:
* Demonstrate and reinforce your company’s civic leadership and commitment to area children
* Enjoy advertising opportunities as your business is acknowledged as part of the event’s promotional campaign
* Treat employees, prospective business partners and/or current clients to a fun and unique evening
* Support a leading local organization that is at the forefront of early care and education providing children with opportunities to start school ready to succeed
Find out more information check out our 2015 Sponsorship Guide or contact Diana Dixon at 570-275-4047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Holmes, President/CEO of FNB Bank presents Executive Director of DCDC, Diana Dixon with a check for $4,000 for Pre-K Scholarships. Danville Child Development Center recently received $4,000 from FNB Bank in Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funding so that area families can afford to send their children to a quality early education program.
DCDC utilizes these funds to provide early education opportunities to preschool aged children whose families may not have the means to provide them with high quality experiences to prepare them for kindergarten.
The EITC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses that contribute to an approved scholarship organization, an Educational Improvement Organization or a pre-kindergarten scholarship organization. Danville Child Development Center is approved by the state Department of Community and Economic Development as a pre-k scholarship organization.
Check out what’s happening this year at DCDC! DCDC Calendar 2014-2015
Here is what’s happening at Summer SACK ! Summer Calendar 2014
Raise the Region 2014
Raise the Region is here….March 12 & 13, 2014. Thirty hours of on-line fundraising supporting local non-profits, including yours truly, Danville Child Development Center! Click Here to Support DCDC!
Welcome New Board Members
DCDC’s Board is pleased to welcome two new directors to our Board: Annie Haas and Dave Brokus.
Annie comes to us from Geisinger’s Marketing Department, is working on her Master’s and lives in Bloomsburg.
Dave is the Danville Branch Manager with M&T Bank, is the proud dad of two boys and lives in Elysburg.
We are excited to have them join our Board, helping to guide DCDC with their experiences and knowledge!