Santa Night Atlanta Benefiting the Child Development Association

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If you are out and about on Friday night, December 12th, be on the look out for our festive trolleys and 90 Singing Santas! Santas will depart from the following locations:

The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Roswell, GA

5 Seasons Brewing The Prad0, Sandy Springs, GA

5 Seasons Brewing Westside, Atlanta, GA

Trolleys will be stopping at the following Santa Night locations to spread holiday cheer and raise awareness and funds for the CDA Scholarship Fund.


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The CDA enables the preschool children of low-income working families in our community to make a great start toward a bright future.

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What Are You Thankful For?


At the CDA we are thankful for the countless volunteers that help us enrich the lives of our CDA families.  We are thankful for the North Point Community Church $50,000 Challenge Grant that will enable us to continue our Parents as Teachers Program.   We are half way there!  To date, we have raised over $22,500 toward the challenge.

Will you help us reach $50,000?

Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a home-based parent support program targeting economically disadvantaged families in our community with children under the age of five.

Parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers. Research shows that the early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.

At the CDA our PAT Program serves over 50 families.  Core services include:

  • Personal home visits, during which parent educators share age-appropriate child development information with parents, help them learn to observe their own child, address any concerns, and provide activities that foster meaningful parent-child interaction.
  • Developmental, health, vision, and hearing screenings ensuring each child’s well being, allowing for timely intervention if required, regular review of developmental progress, and referrals for additional services as needed.
  • Group meetings offering opportunities for families to share information, learn from and support each other, observe their children with other children, and practice parenting skills. Parent educators organize monthly meetings for all families to participate in.
  • A network of resources are available to PAT families. Parent educators help families identify and obtain the needed community resources, actively collaborating with other organizations that serve families of young children in the community.

Help us continue our mission of serving low income families and help us meet our North Point Community Church Challenge.   Make A Donation

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CDA Honored for Making a Difference

The Child Development Association is honored to receive the Spirit Award from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters. This award recognizes and honors individuals and companies touching lives and making a differences throughout the Metro Atlanta community.

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Pictured:  Collie Burnett, Jr, President and CEO of AIB with CDA’s Donna Smythe and AIB Board Chair, John McIntyre.

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Santa Night is Coming to Town!


On Friday, December 12, 2014, join our merry band of Santa wannabes who will pop off their “sleigh” (it’s really a trolley car) and into local restaurants to entertain patrons for five quick minutes with a rousing carol or two. They will pass a Santa hat for donations and in the blink of an eye they’ll be off to the next “rooftop”.

Join our Singing Santas to give a “Ho, Ho, Ho” about early childhood education and commit to raise $150 to reserve your seat on the trolley. The Child Development Association provides out- standing early care and learning programs for low-income families. Your support of Santa Night will raise scholarship funds to ensure that children in our community succeed in school.

Buy a ticket on the trolley today for $50 and commit to raising an additional $100 minimum.   Register or Make a Donation Now


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Invest in our Future

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.

We rely on the support of the community.  Make an investment today!


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North Point Community Church $50,000 Challenge

We Need Your Support to reach the North Point Community Church
$50,000 Challenge Grant!

CDA’s fabulous partner, North Point Community Church is offering a $50,000 matching gift challenge to support our Parents As Teachers program. NPCC will match every new gift to the CDA dollar for dollar!

Volunteers are the wind in our sails-your donation of time and talent make great starts toward bright futures possible at the CDA. You read to our children, paint our playground fences, stock our library shelves, and much, much more. Last month alone, ten community volunteer groups served over 550 hours at the CDA.

Our hope is that you will support us with your treasure too. You know first hand the wonderful work that is being done. Help us reach the $50,000 North Point Community Church Challenge!

Give Today and Double your Donation!

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Volunteers Make Us Happy!

Join us for our Partners Celebration Luncheon

Wednesday, October 21, 2014

12-1:30 pm

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CDA’s Down Home Derby 2014

CDA's Down Home Derby 2014

Gail Albert, CDA Down Home Derby Chair with CDA Executive Director, Donna Smythe and Linda Stouffer of WSB-TV.

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Mayor Jere Wood 65th Birthday Bash to Benefit the Child Development Association

Mayor Jere Wood 65th Birthday Bash to Benefit the Child Development Association

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Howdy Partners

Howdy Partners

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