We're now a top 10 employer in Venango County
Responsibility for the federal and state Head Start programs has pushed Child Development Centers’ enrollment past 1,000, and as a result of our growth, we now are a top 10 employer in Venango County.
Our increasing work force has vaulted CDC all the way to seventh place among Venango County employers, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.
CDC now employs almost 210 persons who provide child care and early childhood education at 7 sites in Venango county and 3 in Crawford county.
In view of the troubling developments that the local economy has experienced – the loss of jobs at Komatsu Mining Corp. (the former Joy Global), the closings of J.C. Penney Co., Sears and Kmart, among others – CDC’s growth is refreshing news.
“We’re creating jobs for college-educated teachers and others, and we’re providing a high-quality early learning experience that we hope will prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten, elementary school and eventually their careers that follow,” says CDC Chief Executive Officer Rina Irwin. “Some CDC alumni now are engineers, airline pilots and chefs, we know, and one is a Head Start teacher in one of our centers, so we like to think that we’re achieving our educational mission, and that we’re making a meaningful contribution to the economy here and elsewhere."