SUMCD has been providing quality services to children and families since 1969. The organization evolved from the Union County Child Development Agency, which was created in 1969 as a private, not-for-profit corporation intended to administer preschool education programs.
1981 Expansion Leads To Name Change
Agency name becomes Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development, Inc. when it expanded into Mifflin and Snyder Counties in 1981.
1978 Through the 1980s
SUMCD began providing low-income working families with child care in 1978 through a contract with the Department of Public Welfare. In the 1980s, SUMCD recognized the need to offer families with all income levels quality child care services. Today, about 35 percent of the 2,300 children in the child care program are from subsidized families, and 65 percent are from non-subsidized private family assistance.
Annually, SUMCD serves nearly 3,000 children in 7 programs at 22 sites covering a geographic region exceeding 1,000 square miles. SUMCD offers programs in Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care, School-age Development, Pre-K Counts, Healthy Families America (HFA), and Child Care Information Services (CCIS).
Full-day, full-year developmentally appropriate education and care are available for children while parents work or receive on-the-job training. SUMCD operates five child care centers:
Snyder and Union Counties
- Lewisburg Children’s Center
- Mifflinburg Children’s Center
- Lewisburg Center for School-age Development
- Susquehanna Children’s Center (on the campus of Susquehanna University)
- Lewistown Children’s Center
SUMCD also operates one Early Head Start Family Center, three Head Start centers (Coleman Head Start, McVeytown Head Start, and Selinsgrove Head Start), and provides Head Start and Pre-K Counts in several public schools (districts include Selinsgrove, Mifflinburg, and Midd-West); and 11 Centers for School-age Development (before and after school programs) in our own centers and within public schools. SUMCD’s expansion has provided many economic benefits and employment opportunities within the local community.
SUMCD’s primary purpose is providing quality early care and education within a family- and community-focused environment. The agency believes that our first responsibility is to the families we serve. We strive to reach out to each child and family, and we attempt to enhance their quality of life by recognizing their unique needs, respecting and celebrating their differences, and protecting their confidentiality.
SUMCD has received many accolades in state and national publications for its innovative service and construction projects with community partners. SUMCD attributes its achievements to its approximately 260 staff members as well as the parents and children it serves.
National Head Start History
The National Head Start Association reports that “for fifty years Head Start has been the premier model for providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life. Since the summer of 1965, more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start’s comprehensive services – they have become business women and men, professors, teachers, lawyers, mayors, Members of Congress, athletes, foundation Presidents, Grammy-winning musicians, poets, and parents.”
In 1964, the Federal Government asked a panel of child development experts to draw up a program to help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children. The panel report became the blueprint for Project Head Start. For more information, see the website for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Head Start.