DCCDA is both a membership organization and a multi-service agency dedicated to the well-being of families and children. DCCDA is the local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC is the professional organization for early education professionals, and those who support their work. Healthy Sprouts reaches its goals through gardening in child care settings, Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) at child care centers, a food-based education for early educators and young children and family engagement.
DCCDA advances the development and well being of young children and their families. DCCDA will be a voice for quality early childhood education programs in Douglas County. Healthy Sprouts is a farm to preschool program, which is administered by DCCDA. The program works to build healthy habits in the early years, increase access to local and nutritious food contribute to a stronger local food system, and provide a comprehensive food education The local Association began in 1972 when a group of early education professionals decided that through working together, they could develop programs that would do more to help families in the community. They began meeting regularly to discuss the needs of families with young children, and plan the best way to fill in the gaps in available services. They started by developing a tuition scholarship program that has benefited many families over the years who otherwise would not have been able to afford early education for their children. They've gone on to develop many more services to benefit families and improve quality of care in Douglas County. Healthy Sprouts began in January of 2011 through funding from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. The program continues operating through grant funding and community donations.