The beginning of Northwest Child Development Council, Inc. dates back to the early months of 1970 when Appalachian Regional Commission funds for childcare became a reality. The North Carolina Office of Economic Development administered and appropriated start-up funding to the northwest region of the state. Local county groups that began to organize, plan, and develop programs to respond to child care needs in a predetermined geographic area, establishing the first official center in 1972.
In 2000 Northwest Child Development Council, Inc., was renamed Northwest Child Development Centers, Inc. (NWCDC), one of the largest non-profit providers of childcare in Forsyth County. Working with families and community advocates, religious leaders, employers, local governmental agencies, public schools, and other institutions in several northwest counties, NWCDC has operated over 36 childcare centers in six adjoining counties since inception. Employees in these centers provide high quality services for children from birth to 5 years, and before and after school care. Other care arrangements include drop-in, summer camp, and special event arrangements. In 2013, NWCDC opened a new state of the art facility, “MudPies Downtown East,” located in Innovation Quarter. In partnership with Hatch Early Learning Company, the facility is equipped with innovative educational technology for preschool children. Community based support has followed the program from conception to the present.
Northwest Child Development is committed to providing affordable, high quality child development services to young children and their families through structured and nurturing learning environments.
Front Row (left to right):
Barbara Gerhard, Board Development Chair – Northwest Child Development Centers, Inc.
Dan Joyner, Owner – Signs By Tomorrow
Tony Burton III, PhD, Chief Executive Officer – Northwest Child Development Centers, Inc.
LaSheka Walker, Chief Operations Officer – Northwest Child Development Centers, Inc.
Second Row (left to right):
Richard Brooks, Director of Sales and Marketing – Twin City Quarter
Jill Atherton, Vice President, Economic & Community Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Rodessa Mitchell, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Gayle Anderson, President and CEO – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce