In 1967 a group of concerned citizens saw an urgent need for quality care for the children of economically disadvantaged, working parents. Aware that adequate childcare and quality preschool education could transform the lives of these children and families, they created the Child Development Association. Their motto was “Love in Action”.
By late 1968, the Association was officially incorporated and by spring of 1969 childcare services were being provided to 13 children at Roswell Presbyterian Church. Enrollment grew quickly and by fall the CDA had secured the use of the Grove Way Community Center, formerly located on the current site of 89 Grove Way.
The demand for childcare services grew rapidly and in early 1974 a capital campaign was launched to construct a permanent home for the CDA. Local citizens raised a million dollars to build the 33,000 square foot building that we occupy today at 89 Grove Way in Roswell.
Our founders were deeply committed to providing the highest quality program possible, and spent much time studying the latest research on early learning and visiting other childcare centers across the region. The CDA has held true to this commitment to excellence and in 2004 the CDA was honored in Washington with the national Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award for outstanding programs addressing the needs of disadvantaged families and neighborhoods.
The Child Development Association currently serves 152 children each day in nine classrooms at the Children’s Center, including three Pre-Kindergartens. The CDA continues its outreach through Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Kids Express, and remains unwavering in its mission: to enable the preschool children of low-income working families in our community to make a great start toward a bright future.
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