The Cape Cod Child Development (CCCD) program recently listed three of its properties for sale. According to the website for Commercial Realty Advisors, the listed properties include the agency's headquarters building at 83 Pearl Street, a child care center at 80 Pearl Street and a child care center at 367 Route 28 in West Yarmouth.
83 Pearl Street in Hyannis is a spacious, 9,871 square foot facility on 3.45+ acres in downtown Hyannis. The property primarily serves as CCCD's administrative headquarters. The property carries an asking price of $1,294,000. Barnstable Assessors' record show an assessed value of $783,400. The property has been owned by CCCD since 1962 and the initial selling price is listed as $0.00.
80 Pearl Street in Hyannis is listed for $456,000. The listing states that the property was built in 1820 and that the two story building offers 6,238+ square feet of space on a .94 acre lot. The town assessment is $364,100. The agency purchased the property in 1989 for $200,000.
367 Route 28 in West Yarmouth is listed at $632,000. This facility is described as "retail/office/educational" and consists of 3,888 square feet on one floor. The property carries an assessed value of $538,200. CCCD purchased it in 1999 for $310,000.
Cape Cod Child Development has come under scrutiny by the national Head Start program as well as the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) over varying concerns about its programs, student safety, the physical conditions of some of its facilities, staff coverage and staff member qualifications. An EEC sanctions letter obtained by Cape Cod Today in mid-February ordered CCCD to free enrollment at three of its facilities. The letter also included language that the EEC "found significant violations of polices and regulations". The report further states that CCCD "improperly utilized" state funds. A Head Start report issued October 26, 2018 expressed concern over CCCD's debt load and internal financial practices, along with operational and program concerns.
See previous stories in this series in the Related Content links below. The EEC report is included in the story entitled "Another Child Left Behind" and the Head Start report can be downloaded here.