History

Child Development Services of Ottawa County, Inc. (CDS Lakeshore Head Start) was founded in 1966 by a group of church members in Holland who were concerned that families were without alternative resources for child care. Through their efforts, Holland Day Care was established for 30 children.

The agency has since expanded to include federally funded Head Start and Early Head Start services along with private pay child care services. CDS, now serving over 400 children in six locations throughout Ottawa County, is a single purpose, private, non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. All classrooms are licensed through the State of Michigan.

The United Way, service groups, churches, and community-minded businesses in Ottawa and Allegan counties have played a crucial role in the founding, development, and support of the early childhood programs administered by CDS.

All services and facilities are made equally accessible to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.”