On July 12, 1974 a new non-profit organization was founded in the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley Child Development Centre, later changed to Child Development Association, opened its doors in downtown Cumberland.
Initially services were focused on preschool-aged children with developmental delays and disabilities. Services, like early intervention therapies and preschool, were offered mainly within the centre. Over the years the agency and the services provided have grown and changed to respond to the needs of the children and families who access them. The Cumberland site was closed and the association opened a community-based office with the capacity to offer inclusive services in the location (home, park, or therapy room) that worked best for the child and family. As well, the agency expanded to serve school-aged children and youth and now offers two programs for young adults.
Now at its present site at Third Street and Cliffe Avenue, the early intervention therapies and Infant Development program, two of the original 1974 services, are still there. There is still a preschool program, Project Jumpstart, offered for all children in partnership with School District #71 at Courtenay Elementary. Other programs include: Supported Child Development; Autism Program; Behaviour Consultant; Community Integration and the Youth Project.
Much is planned for the 40th birthday over the next year. Watch for the CVCDA at local events and parades. Look for information on a special fundraiser to be hosted by the Royston-Cumberland Lions on Sept. 20 and of course join us for our annual Telethon Nov. 2.
It’s estimated that in the 40 years of services, upwards of 25,000 families have come through the doors. The agency would love to hear your story. Drop it off at 237 Third Street or email it to Joanne Schroeder email@example.com.