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Contact: Blair Stephenson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CDS Announces Wonder Center Expansion
The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) is pleased to announce that it will be expanding its Wonder Center, a medically fragile daycare operating under the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System. This new room will allow for 9-12 more children to receive full-time care in addition to the 27 already being served. Children who attend the Wonder Center cannot go to a traditional day care because of their significant medical needs. Currently, there is a waiting list since this is the only medically fragile facility of its kind in South Carolina. The Wonder Center is staffed by Pediatric Nurses and a Child Development Specialist.
The architect team hired for the project is DP3 Architects, Ltd. and the building general contractor is Creative Builders, Inc. This expansion is phase one of their renovation project and will begin in early 2017. Phase two of the project will renovate the CDS patient lobby to make a special waiting room area for immune-suppressed and cardiac risk infants.
CDS received the initial funding for the Wonder Center expansion from JL Mann High School’s 2015 Spirit Week and will receive additional funding from Flour’s Golf for Greenville event in May 2017 to complete the first phase.
The CDS building was originally renovated prior to opening in 2000. CDS and its partners serve more than 6,000 children annually who have special needs and learning disabilities in one location near the heart of downtown Greenville, SC.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January and finish by late summer of 2017.
CDS is the largest multi-disciplinary treatment facility in the Upstate for children with disabilities and developmental delays. In one location, children receive services in therapy, diagnosis, school placement, day care needs for the medically fragile, and a family support network. The partnership is comprised of Clarity; Family Connection of SC; the Preschool Special Education Program of Greenville County Schools; KidVentures of Thrive Upstate (formerly the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board); and four programs of the Greenville Health System: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Kidnetics, The Wonder Center, and Prosthetics and Orthotics. CDS and its partners serve over 6,000 children and their families each year on property donated by the First Presbyterian Church at 29 North Academy Street in Greenville. For more information about CDS or its partners, visit www.cdservices.org.