Southwestern Child Development Commission (SWCDC)

SWCDC is a private, nonprofit agency located in Webster, NC. Established in 1972, SWCDC’s goal is to provide comprehensive high-quality child development services for young children and their families. SWCDC meets this goal locally by the provision of direct care and child development services and regionally/statewide by participation in and contribution to initiatives that provide system changes for early childhood education.

SWCDC has been a State-Level Contractor with NCDCDEE since 1972. Over the years, SWCDC has contracted for a variety of tasks, the largest of these including regional subsidy administration and resource and referral. In this contractual role, SWCDC routinely submits a year-end audited financial statement to NCDCDEE.

SWCDC is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors that is appointed (three from each of the seven counties in the region) by the local Boards of County Commissioners. A management team of six staff hold advanced degrees in early childhood, public policy and other fields related to their individual work and serve locally, regionally, and statewide on a variety of committees and advisory boards that develop public policy to improve the early childhood education field.

SWCDC was among the first CCR&Rs in the state and provides high quality CCR&R services to parents, early childhood providers, school-age care providers, and community partners in their catchment area. SWCDC serves as the lead agency for Region 8 (Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania Counties) and is an IACET approved provider of CEUs. In addition to direct services and CCR&R, services to the community offered by SWCDC include the provision of child care subsidy funds in 9 counties, the administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the provision of direct early intervention services to preschool children and the operation of a Family Resource Center in Jackson County.