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A $3.4 million dollar, 21,000 square-foot Child Development and Family Service Center was officially completed in the fall of 2006. The Center has been operational since September 2007, and is open 6:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. On a weekly basis, the Center serves over 300 pre-school children and as an educational facility for over 200 Ohio University Chillicothe students completing their early childhood education degree.


The Center services the home base of employment for 40 employees from six different agencies. The Ohio Department of Education and the Job and Family Services licenses the ten preschool classrooms.


2014 Child Development Center Interior


Agencies that comprise the Center’s Preschool Partnership include Ross County Community Action, Head Start, Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD), Chillicothe City Schools, Ross County Job and Family Services, Walnut Street United Methodist Church, WeeCare Outreach, and OHIO Chillicothe education classes.


Both agencies and area community organizations collaborate on center - wide projects. The United Way sponsors the Dolly Parton Imagination Library where each child under the age of five receives an age-appropriate book. The United Way and the Center partner to sponsor family night events where parents and children participate in center activities, listen to a story or a play, or read a book together. Each child also receives a free book from Kohl’s and a stuffed animal from Easter Seals. The National Resources Conservative Service created a Butterfly Garden in the court yard and planted a People’s Garden for families and the surrounding neighborhood to use during the summer. The Jaycees provide gifts for children in need at the Center and each child receives clothes and toys for Christmas.




Joyce Atwood

Director - Child Development & Family Service Center

101 University Drive

T: 740.772.7360

T: 740.774.7732