Phone 814-670-0838

Who We Are

At Child Development Centers, Inc. our mission is "Educating Children To Succeed," and we're passionate about what we do! We're committed to nurturing and teaching your child in a safe, healthy, creative setting that you can trust, and that equips your child to make a successful transition to kindergarten, elementary school and beyond.

Where It All Began

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 with more than 400 employees and provides child care and early childhood education for nearly 2,000 children at 15 centers in Crawford, Erie and Venango 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.

50 Years of Excellence

CDC marked it's 50-year anniversary on Jan. 26, 2019. In keeping with our educational mission, CDC Chief Executive Officer Rina Irwin has made a public commitment to improve student achievement and school readiness for our young learners, beginning this school year. CDC wants each and every one of the children who walk through our centers to make seamless transitions to their next level of schooling and perform above their peers. As we look toward the future, we want to maintain our same core values and keep our focus where it has been all along - on the children. While 50 years of service to the community is something to celebrate, it hardly leaves us satisfied. There is still work to be done. We owe it to the children.


NAEYC accreditation and Keystone Star 4 ratings put CDC in select company: less than 3 percent of Pennsylvania's 8,500 regulated providers have achieved both of these marks of excellence. 

213 East 41st Street
Erie, PA 16504
Phone 814-670-0838

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