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About Us

For more than 40 years, the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County, Ltd. has provided educational, therapeutic, behavioral, and family support services for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to kindergarten age. Our grass roots response began with a long-time resident of Pike County, Marion Almquist, who visited families and helped them access information and services.

CDD has evolved into a multi-disciplinary program that averages serving 200 families a year in Pike County. Our unique inclusive program ensures equal learning opportunities for all children. We offer quality Early Education services and an Early Intervention program that follows Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards and curriculum guidelines. CDD’s classroom teachers are certified and licensed. Our licensed therapists provide occupational, physical, speech and language therapies and our behavioral support staff is trained and experienced in providing positive behavioral supports for all children. Our family support services support all families and are experienced in working with complex family and cultural issues. We do not expel any child from our program for behavioral challenges. We are committed to working closely with you and your family to create a program that is successful for your child.

CDD participates in Keystone STARS as a STARS 4 early learning program. Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

The Keystone STARS Performance Standards has four levels of quality (starting with STARS 1 and moving up to STARS 4). Each level builds on the previous level and utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County Ltd. is to provide early educational and therapeutic services for children from birth through kindergarten with a specialization in providing education services to children with developmental disabilities and delays. We are committed to providing developmentally appropriate early education services to children of all abilities while providing support to their families and caregivers. Our focus is on the individual needs of each of our students. Our goal is to maximize each child’s potential. We are dedicated to educating the community regarding the needs of all children in Pike County and advocating on behalf of our children and families.