The Parent Child Development Corporation (PCDC) was established in 1971 by a group of community volunteers who were committed to improving the quality of life for area families. These dedicated volunteers were concerned about the high degree of inter-generational illiteracy and social isolation of many children and families in the Middle Peninsula region. To break the cycle of poverty, the founders of PCDC provided a cadre of educational and self-help programs to strengthen the family as a whole.
The mission of Parent Child Development Corporation is to empower families to improve the quality of their lives through educational and self-help programs, family support services, and advocacy activities in partnership with the community. Parent Child Development Corporation is the grantee agency for the Bridges Early Head Start and Head Start programs. These comprehensive programs are federally funded with services that focus on individualized preschool education and school readiness; social and emotional development; dental, physical, and mental health; and nutrition for at-risk families. Parent Child Development Corporation also provides fee-for-service programs that serve children from ages six weeks to kindergarten, as well as a before and after school and a summer program. These educational programs offer a school-readiness curriculum and encourage an inclusive learning environment.
PCDC is a grantee of the federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs and operates the Bridges Head Start and partners with Early Head Start facilities. In addition PCDC operates the Smart Start and the All Stars programs in West Point, Virginia.
PCDC’s mission is to empower families through educational and self-help programs, family supportive services and advocacy activities, in partnership with the community.