CDC has existed since 1969 when its predecessor – Day Care Services, Inc. – began providing community-based child care in Venango County. From its modest beginning – which included "day care mothers" who received funding for providing care in their homes – CDC has grown into a sizable enterprise that employs 210 persons and provides child care and early childhood education for 1,000-plus children at 10 centers in Venango and Crawford Counties (CDC's enrollment now tops that of some local school districts).
In 1997, the organization changed its name to Child Development Centers, Inc., to reflect its increasing focus on early childhood education and children's physical social and emotional growth.
CDC since has distinguished itself through accreditation and other marks of excellence that organizations give in recognition of quality. Franklin Child Development Center in 2004 was the first in Venango County to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and 3 other CDC-owned centers since have been accredited. All 10 CDC facilities also have earned a Star 4 rating from Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS educational quality improvement initiative (the highest rating that Keystone STARS gives).