The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide online giving day that’s a special occasion to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.

On May 5th, this 24-hour online event will help organizations, like ours, raise much-needed unrestricted dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our communities.

Plus, your gifts made during The Big Payback will be increased by incentives and awards for participating nonprofits, which may help us qualify for special prizes and bonuses.

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Serving the South Central Counties of Middle Tennessee
Bedford Coffee
Franklin Giles
Hickman Lawrence
Lewis Lincoln
Marshall Maury
Moore Perry
Rutherford Williamson


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Reaching Out To Serve



Thank you for visiting the Community Development Center (CDC) website. Our agency provides a comprehensive, Early Intervention program to meet the needs of developmentally challenged children, birth to three years of age.

A Family Support program provides flexible support to households with a developmentally challenged member.
The Independent Support Coordination component manages services of persons with developmental disabilities served in the Medicaid Waiver. The service areas of the program include educational, developmental, medical and living coordination.
In addition to our traditional programs, we continue to explore avenues to increase the reach of our mission to the communities in which we serve.  The CDC has been awarded two grants for 2014 which will allow us to expand our services in the community:

Through the Pathways to Health program funded by Baptist Healing Trust, we are now providing outreach, education, and enrollment assistance which will aid many South Central Tennesseans searching for affordable health care.

In a partnership with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities, we have opened The Benefits Enrollment Center, which provides assistance to adults with disabilities and seniors for enrollment into need-based public Benefit programs.

mission statement

Providing supports and services to children, families and individuals with disabilities while addressing the health and well-being of all persons in the communities in which we serve. 


impact statement
The agency annually touches the lives of over 850 families who have a developmentally challenged member. Licensed child care providers receive over 1800 hours of training for 725 staff. Lives are changed and futures are brighter through the commitment and services of 55 CDC staff members.


Throughout the service history of the CDC, partnerships have been established both in professional and humanitarian relations. The agency partners with major departments in the Tennessee government and service system. Contracts are held with the Department of Education, Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), Department of Human Services, Department of Finance and Administration, and the Division of Intellectual Disabilities Services.
Regional and local partnerships include interagency collaboration, health councils, adult provider agencies which serve intellectually and developmentally challenged adults, the Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation System, the Tennessee Technology Centers, Columbia and Motlow State Community Colleges, the South Central local Interagency Coordination Council, the community of faith, local corporations, educational institutions, the Tennessee Agricultural centers, University of Tennessee Nutritional Program and United Ways.
CDC governing bodies
All programs are overseen by local Advisory Boards with a variety of professionals, consumers, and minority representatives. These boards are responsible for the financial health and viability of the programs and ensure local voices are part of decision making.
Advisory Boards report to the CDC Governing Board. The boards ensure financial stability through community funding and support from United Way, civic clubs, the community of faith, local governments and individual contributors.
In 2006 the agency formed the CDC Foundation which addresses the long-term viability of the agency and the strategic funding necessary to ensure the mission of the agency is implemented.
17th Annual
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Helping Hands Golf Classic

MAY 15, 2015

Lewisburg, TN


For over 30 years, the Child Development Center has provided educational/early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years, identified with developmental delays or specific disabilities, such as speech and hearing difficulties, Autism, Down Syndrome, prematurity and others.

Services received from the CDC are provided at no cost to the families of the children.

The miracles that are performed on a daily basis help to improve the quality of life for the children we serve.
We are asking for your participation in the 17th Annual Helping Hands Golf Classic.  The tournament is one of the largest sources of financial help for the Child Development Center.

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