Our History

Campbell County Children’s Center first began operation at the First Presbyterian Church in 1969, in response to the need for child care services for children of working parents.

  • In 1973 the program moved next to the Campbell County Parks & Recreation complex.
  • In 1980, as a result of legislation passed in 1979, Campbell County was designated as Region XIII for Preschool Developmentally Delayed Services for the State of Wyoming.
  • The facility was expanded by 62% in February 1980 and expanded again in 1990. the Center was renamed Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County (CDS-CC) in 1996.
  • Our new facility opened January 3, 2000, at 1801 South 4-J Road. Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County opened its doors to a 22,724 square foot facility. The cost of the building was $2.8 million. The facility was built and funded through a collaborative community effort. Many individuals, public and private businesses, and corporations throughout the community, region and state contributed their time and energy to develop this program and facility.
  • In October 2008 CDS-CC was awarded occupancy of the old Public Health building, now called the CDS-CC Annex.  Early Head Start and Part C Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities programs are housed in this facility. The facility consists of 8,757 square feet with 18 offices, conference room, discovery room, storage and kitchenette. The annex also serves as the child find screening clinic.
  • In November 2011 the CDS-CC Board of Directors met with the Board of County Commissioners to develop a comprehensive facilities master plan for the growth and expansion. The Board of Commissioners approved planning and design funding in January 2012. Demolition of Conlins property began mid-summer. Planning and design was completed in October of 2012; construction began December 2012. Construction completion took place January 6th 2014.

Building Entrance

The new expansion entrance features the art structure of the Puddle Jumpers to greet children and families. The waiting area is designed as a living room with soft seating, a fireplace, rug, plants and stuffed bears to welcome children, families and visitors upon arrival. The program’s philosophical concept, architectural design, and interior details, reflect an environment that nurtures children, families and staff, and physically helps to build community. The living room area is the beginning of a journey down two hallways that lead to the east and west wings.

The east wing hallway leads to six classrooms and opens up to an atrium full of natural light.  Each classroom has access to both playgrounds.

puddle jumpers
The west wing of six classrooms opens up to the outside play area that borders the historical Burlington Ditch. This area has large, old cottonwood trees and a creek channel with boulders to climb on. Evergreen trees and lilac bushes line the play area, with trees and shrubs surrounding the building. CDS-CC had the west side courtyard area turned into a certified Nature Explore Classroom. This area has natural materials such as logs, grass, flowers, and trees as a way to explore nature. The children have planted and harvested foods from the garden, planted flowers and help keep the grass watered and mowed.