Community Development Center History
 
 
Founded in 1972 by concerned families of children with developmental delays, the Community Development Center (CDC) has been guided through this focus to establish programs to support citizens within their communities.
 
The first program was established in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and provides Early Intervention services to children birth to three years of age.  The program has expanded service sites to Marshall, Lincoln and Giles Counties and community based services in Coffee, Franklin and Moore Counties.
 
In 1995 the Child Care Resource and Referral center was established to provide training to all Department of Human Services licensed family and child care center staff in the South Central District.  Additional programs include training in early childhood nutrition and fitness, safe sleeping, fire and safety procedures, inclusion of children with developmental challenges in child care and Strengthening Families.
 
In 1997 the Family Support program was created to coordinate services for families who have a developmentally challenged member.  These supports include flexible support to households to enable families to remain together.
 
During the ensuing years the agency has expanded services to provide Support Coordination to individuals and families who have a member who is developmentally challenged.  Independent Support Coordination serves persons in the thirteen county region who are in the Medicaid Waiver program.
 
   
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