We are happy that you have visited our website to find out about early care and education in North Carolina. Southwestern Child Development, a private non-profit agency which has been in business since 1972, is dedicated to the provision of quality early care and education in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. SWCDC operates 4 and 5 star level and developmental day certified child care facilities in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson Counties of North Carolina and provides early care and education support services in other counties in Western North Carolina.
Southwestern also provides dedication to the early care and education field by providing or coordinating child care resource and referral services in 13 counties (Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania Counites), by providing technical assistance to other child care providers, by providing training for child care providers, by contracting to provide child care subsidy services, by providing direct one on one intervention for children with special needs, by operating a Family Resource Center in Jackson County and by sponsoring other child care facilities on the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Southwestern’s dedication to Quality Early Care and Education is based on national research. Quality early care and education programs have proven successes nationwide. The High Scope Perry Preschool Project found that adults at age 40 who attended preschool program had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool. “Quality child care has the capability of promoting trust, autonomy, and a true sense of happiness and well being in children. It can lead to positive social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development,” as found by the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Study Team, 1995. "Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on—by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime," President Obama said.
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Southwestern Child Development Commission Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. In obtaining this approval, the Southwestern Child Development Commission Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, Southwestern Child Development Commission Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.