Our History

Young African American GirlSince 1969

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.

Today …

Annually, SUMCD serves nearly 1,200 children in 7 programs at 25 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).

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.