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North Fulton Child Development Association Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Preschools

Mission: The CDA''s mission is: To enable to preschool children of low-income, working families to make a great start toward a bright future by providing affordable childcare and early learning education programs.

Target demographics: Children (ages 1-5) with low-income, working parents in metro-Atlanta.

Direct beneficiaries per year: ~500

Geographic areas served: Metro-Atlanta

Programs: The CDA provides two state-funded Pre-Kindergarten classrooms with the following goals:
1. Promote the cognitive, social and physical development of young children
2. Prepare children for academic and social success in school and in life
3. Provide Extended Care for full-time working parents

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

DGates

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the CDA for over a year now. One of the things that continually strikes me is the amount of attention and focus paid to each child as an individual. Yes, they are in a classroom with several children but each child's developmental needs are factored into the daily schedule, curriculum, and experience.

Another wonderful component to the children learning is the opportunity for the parents to be very involved with the education and development of their children. The CDA offers a program that brings parents in to participate in the teaching and learning for the children...talk about reinforcement...

There is no cookie-cutter approach to learning at the CDA. These children get what I believe to be a better and stronger beginning for the future than most children. I can't say enough good things about the CDA. I'm proud to be associated with such a fine organization!

David Gates

SallyH

Board Member

Rating: 5

Whenever I visit the CDA, I am blown away by the happy demeanor and orderly behavior of the CDA kids as they participate in a continuous learning experience. Inspired teaching is at work in the classrooms, the cafeteria, the award-winning playground, and in even the most casual interactions. It's no wonder that low-income working parents spend, on average, 20 percent of their income to give their children have this level of early childhood education. The CDA has a profound impact on young lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The CDA gives kids a great start at a crucial time in their development, helping build a foundation for learning that will empower them for the rest of their lives. A nurturing environment, outstanding curriculum, visionary leadership, and culturally diverse student body put this non-profit put this early education program on par with the finest in the state. Low-income working parents pay, on average, 20 percent, of their annual income to ensure their kids get the high quality education provided by the CDA. Walking through the school building, you see learning taking place everywhere -- in the halls, in the dining room, and in the visually stimulating classrooms -- all in a happy, positive, upbeat atmosphere. A CDA board member for four years, I feel uplifted and enriched every time I visit this gem of a school. In the past year, the CDA has expanded into the community through the Parents as Teachers outreach program, which teaches non-CDA parents how to take an active role in helping the developing brain to grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the CDA for 2 years now and it is truly a privilege to work with such dedicated staff.
Each person you encounter within the organization has such a passion toward helping children succeed, it's contagious!

Deborah103

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been privileged to be associated with the North Fulton CDA for over 7 years. The staff is professional, dedicated to their mission and serious about creating a safe, fun, and educational learning environment. I'm excited about all that they do for the children and the community!

nathan-hartman

Donor

Rating: 5

When I want my precious charitable dollars to make a difference in the lives of children with tremendous potential I joyfully give to the Child Development Association. After having toured and spent time visiting several preschools, in Georgia, California, and Hawaii, I would entrust the CDA with my preparing my children to be future academic leaders. It is the combination of invested leadership, with experience and natural talent, an engaged Board, and teachers which are constantly improving their teaching skills which makes the CDA a charity to consider for your charitable legacy. Nathan Hartman, Esq.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My business centers around helping people protect and transfer assets to their loved ones. This often includes working closely with charities who are the beneficiaries. Of the charities I have worked with over the years, very few work as effectively to improve the lives of women and children like the Child Development Association. By adhering to the highest quality of education for the children of working mother's the CDA is investing in a bright future for everyone. I can't recommend more highly learning more about the good work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

THe North FUlton Child Development Association is, in my view, a unique and highly effective organization. It addresses , in a holistic fashion, the problem of high quality, affordable child care for the working poor, as well as supprt for the entire family unit to help break the cycle of welfare, poor performance in schools, lack of basic english language skills, and so forth. It incents parents to take advantage of and accountability for building skills for themselves as well as their children. I am so proud of the measurable results that I have seen out of this organization over the 12 years that I have either served on the board of trustees or as a key supprter . This is a place where you can be certain that your time, talent, and donations make both an immediate AND a sustainable, long term positie impact in the quality of life, education, and futures of so many children and their families in our hometown.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved in this organization for the past 6 years. Love everything they do. The children are educated in a loving environment where they learn important social and academic skills as well as a love for learning. The families are supported by many additional programs offered by the center. Any child would be lucky to attend there!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I lead an annual fundraiser that donates to the CDA. As one of our major charities I felt that I should get to know the organization better. The mission of the CDA is very clear and resonates throughout their organization. I was beyond impressed with the facility and staff. I could actually feel the happiness as I toured the facility. It is one of the most well run non profits in Georgia.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of this fine organization with a rich history of serving low income families by providing outstanding educational opportunities for their children. Children are nurtured by incredibly dedicated teachers and staff who do their very best to prepare this deserving children for a bright future!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CDA is an outstanding early education center for children of low income families. It provides at risk children with an excellent start for a lifetime of learning. The facility is topnotch in both academics for their students and outreach programs for the parents. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I began volunteering with CDA about 3 years ago as a part of Leadership Sandy Springs. CDA continually shows that they are committed to providing exceptional education for the children in their programs and support for the parents as well. CDA provides such great early childhood development for their students. Great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have the NF-CDA in our community for over 45 years with continued service the children. The results of educational programs and learning enviroment shows with the success of these children when they enter school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CDA provides an outstanding educational environment for pre-school age children, giving them a great start as they enter Elementary School. Not only does CDA ensure that the children are ready to begin school on a level playing field, they also provide financial assistance so that parents are able to afford to have their children attend the Child Development Association. Although the educational program is outstanding and deserves applause, what CDA does for families is equally important. It provides a safe environment for the children where they receive nutritious meals, learn social skills as well as academic skills, and gives struggling families who are working hard to provide for their children peace of mind while they work, knowing their children are exceptionally well-cared for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

North Fulton Child Development Association has served the needs of the community for 4 decades. What a tremendous job it has done. Through their educational program, they set the path to a bright future for the children in their programs, and give encouragement and hope to the families they serve. Families rely on this organization to assist them as they work to build a better future for their families and through educating their children. The children benefit from a warm, loving environment that focuses on teaching skills that will help them achieve success throughout their school years. How forutnate we are to have this wonderful organization in North Fulton County, GA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Two things stand out to me about the CDA: the quality of their programs and the quality of the people who lead and run them. The CDA is an exemplary organization doing really important work in North Fulton County. Their investment into the children of low-income families is valuable now. But the real value will be experienced years from now. They are changing the trajectory of the lives of the kids they serve, giving them a strong educational and developmental head start. Not only that, but they are equipping the parents to do the same.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The CDA was provided outstanding pre-school education in the North Fulton area of Atlanta for over 45 years. The CDA was founded to provide those less fortunate in our community with a great educational background before beginning kindergarten. The CDA is support by many local citizens, churches, civic groups, governments and foundations. Please consider visiting the CDA for a tour of our wonderful school.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The CDA helps families in the North Fulton area by providing an outstanding educational environment for their pre-school age children. The success of the CDA insures the children are ready to begin school. We also provide the parents with financial assistance to be able to afford to attend the CDA. We need the support of any person, organization or company that wants to help educate the children of the working poor in the North Fulton area. Call 770.992.4339 today to see how you can help.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The CDA has continued to provide asonishingly good preschool educaiton to children of the wroking poor and now, we are pursuing added service "outside or our walls." This has been my most rewardidgn charitable eperience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The CDA serves many single, female heads-of-households. It enables these mothers to work to build economic independence and security for themselves and their young children. The CDA concentrates on the working poor and makes sure that they know that, while they are hard at work, thier kids are receiving a quality preshool education in a loving environment. And, it has been doing this for over forty years!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered a couple of times to help in painting the interior of the building and doing some clean-up work on the outside. It is a very worthwhile organization with an excellent staff and professional and dedicated leadership.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the first time that I am volunteering at this organization. I find the Staff to be very engaged with the students. They are very committed to the students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CDA is a benchmark in excellence for providing high-quality child care to low-income children at risk for academic and social struggles if not for its focus on early literacy and pre-school education for its youngest citizens.

gshickler

Board Member

Rating: 5

The CDA is a gift to local families. Not only is the preschool education of the highest standard, but the community service and parent support is outstanding. The administration, teachers and board are so dedicated to high quality early childhood education being accessible for all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic group of people who are professionally dedicated to the improvement of the world through early childhood education. These children and families are so lucky to be involved with the CDA. They have inspired me to reach out to friends and colleagues for financial support and attendance at events.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the CDA for over 5 years. I have volunteered at a lot of organizations over three decades and the North Fulton Child Development Association is the one I continue to give an increasing amount of my time. The organization leverages it's resources (volunteer time, donations, grants, teachers, etc.) to deliver exceptional early childhood education to a population that could not afford it otherwise and has to a population with the greatest need. Enhancing the lives of these young children can redirect the lives of generations. Thanks to the CDA parents can work full-time jobs and raise the standard of living for their families without public assistance. These parents are so devoted to the education of their child they typically spend up to 20% of their income on childcare and purchase books at bookfares for their children to have reading material at home. The CDA has fostered this commitment to education and changes lives everyday.