Child Development Centers Moving Main Office To Oil City

Jake Bauer

Jake Bauer

Published April 10, 2017 4:30 am
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OIL CITY, Pa. — Child Development Centers, Inc. (CDC) is moving its main office this week from Franklin to Oil City.

CDC’s new office facility is the former BHS Seneca Medical Center of Oil City building at 155 East Bissell Avenue. Dr. Kip Beals, Dr. Bradley Fell and Butler Health System (BHS) donated the 6,000-square foot structure to CDC last year after bringing together their Oil City, Franklin and Seneca medical offices at 1 Parkway in Seneca.

The East Bissell Avenue building housed two health care practices – those of obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Joseph Bell and family physician Dr. William Hebda – before Seneca Medical Center bought the structure in 2009.

The CDC office for the past several years has been located at 631 12th Street, Franklin, in a building that previously housed The News-Herald and Franklin Physical Therapy.

While moving most of its administrative office functions to the Oil City building, CDC will retain ownership of the Franklin structure and will house its behavioral health and a few other staff members there, according to Chief Executive Officer Rina Irwin.

CDC has experienced significant growth since assuming responsibility last year for federal and state Head Start programs in Venango and Crawford Counties, and the non-profit organization has outgrown its Franklin office, prompting the need for the Oil City location to make room for its office functions, Irwin said.

The Oil City office building will be the fourth structure that CDC occupies in Oil City, including its Oil City center for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 210 East Bissell Avenue, its Hasson Heights center for Head Start, preschool and elementary school-age children at 255 Park Avenue, and its Grant Street facility for Head Start students at Grant and East Third Streets in the city’s East End.

CDC also provides child care and early childhood education at three centers in Franklin and one each in Cranberry and Clintonville in Venango County, and at three centers in Meadville and one in Saegertown in Crawford County.

The organization passed a major milestone recently when its enrollment in the two counties topped 1,000 for the first time in its 48-year history.

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