February 26, 2018

About CDA

Founded By a Single Mom, Who Wanted to Make a Difference

CDA was founded by Charlene Tressler in 1974, who through her personal struggles as a single parent, became committed to helping families. Charlene opened a small child development center at a local church in Otay Mesa, consisting of 24 children aged two to five huddled together in one classroom. Her vision of a small community preschool has evolved into what is now a multiservice nonprofit agency with over 200 employees serving more than 3,300 families & 7,000 children across its programs. CDA is now the fourth largest Alternative Payment Program in the State of California, and is the largest sponsor of the Federal USDA Child Care Food Program in California.


IMPORTANT! Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 and until further notice CDA will be working remotely. Our office lobbies remain closed to the public, but our staff are still AVAILABLE via emails and phone calls to support you! Visit our news page to read the full updateclick here.