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CDC Will Open Two Classrooms in Girard School District

Child Development Centers, Inc. (CDC) will have two classrooms at Elk Valley Elementary School in Girard School District when launching its Head Start program in Erie County this September.

CDC received formal award of the five-year, $40 million grant to operate the Head Start program in Erie. When CDC submitted its proposal to the federal government, it focused solely on the city of Erie, not surrounding areas.

However, since obtaining the grant, CDC has received permission from the federal government to use some of its 680 Head Start slots outside of the city limits to expand its service area in the county.

Elk Valley Elementary School has agreed to host two classrooms with a capacity of 20 children per room.

CDC is continuing to explore potential locations outside of the city, but none have been confirmed. Locations within the city limits have not been determined as the transition process from the previous grantee is in the beginning stages. Those sites will be announced in the coming weeks.

CDC will continue to work with federal Head Start representatives for the next several months to work out details in preparation for the beginning of the program.

All families interested in enrolling their children in the program can visit A CDC representative will contact families at a later date once the organization is ready to begin accepting children.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Tech Tip: Telling Your Story

Whether it’s on social media, your website, email, in a press release, or through word of mouth, are you conveying your business’ story in a way that is captivating your audience?

Storytelling can move people to take action and evoke an emotional connection. It’s essential to build a brand around your core values, then tell stories related to those values.

Your stories should be informative, but to the point, and they can be more impactful depending on the language, images, video, tone, and colors you use.

For example, instead of Child Development Centers announcing their 50 year anniversary and simply providing facts about the centers, they share posts and videos with alumni and parents telling stories of their experiences.

We discussed storytelling at our Tech Talk in March, and we invite you to join us at the April discussion about videography. Tech Talks are on the third Friday of each month from 8-9 a.m. at the Chamber.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

CDC Accepting Enrollments

Child Development Centers, Inc. (CDC) is accepting enrollments for a number of programs that it offers for infants, toddlers and preschool children.

Here are the details about each program:

Head Start – Head Start is the federal government’s preschool program for three-, four- and five-year-old children from low-income households. The full-day program is intended to prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten and elementary school. In addition to early childhood education, Head Start offers a number of other services that supports the children’s health and development and family well-being.

A family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level – currently $24,600 for a family of four – for children to enroll in Head Start. The program is free to income-eligible households. Head Start openings exist at Grant Street Child Development Center in Oil City and Seventh Street Head Start in Franklin.

Pre-K Counts – This full-day program for three-, four- and five-year-old boys and girls is intended to give them an early educational boost that will help them to make a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond, and to do better in school.

Pre-K Counts focuses on reading and math skills, social and school readiness skills, following directions, and getting along with fellow students and teachers. There also is an emphasis on developing an interest in learning and involving the family in the child’s education.

CDC has Pre-K Counts openings at its Hasson Heights, Franklin School-Age and Cranberry centers. Grant funding covers all costs of Pre-K Counts, which is open to families with income up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Early Head Start – This program is for infants and toddlers up to their third birthday, and for expectant mothers and their families. The program provides full-day, year-around child care and early childhood education, a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack for the children, periodic home visits, and access to high-quality health care services, plus services for expectant moms before and after they give birth.

Early Head Start is intended to promote early childhood development, to engage parents in their roles as caregivers and teachers, and to help families move toward self-sufficiency. Another purpose is to provide a strong foundation of early learning that allows children to make a successful transition to preschool and kindergarten.

Grant funding covers most costs of the Early Head Start program for working, income-eligible families. To qualify for Early Head Start, a family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level, which currently is $24,600 for a family of four.

The Early Head Start program is available at CDC’s Oil City, Franklin and Cranberry centers.

Families can enroll their children in Head Start or Pre-K Counts or learn more by contacting Martha Hoover at CDC, 814-518-5309 or

Application forms and more information about Early Head Start are available from Michelle Collins at CDC, 814-670-0838 or