The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) supports the delivery of a range of early intervention and prevention programmes to improve outcomes for children in disadvantaged areas, including childhood care and education, child development courses, parental support and community programmes, among others.
CDI began its work in late 2003 in order to develop a strategy to improve the health, safety and learning of the children of Tallaght West and to increase their sense of belonging to their community.
CDI currently coordinates seven intervention programmes mainly in Tallaght in West Dublin, but now also in other communities across Ireland. One of our programmes for example, Doodle Den, places an emphasis on developing literacy skills through games and fun activities in an after-school setting
Parental Support in the Early Years works with parents in identifying needs and offering support to address any issues and promote the achievement of developmental milestones. The ultimate aim of this programme is to reduce parental stress, improve relationships between parents and their children and support a positive home learning environment.
CDI has been implementing a Restorative Practices Programme since 2010. Restorative Practices (RP) are both a philosophy and a set of skills that have the core aim of building strong relationships and transforming conflict in a simple and emotionally healthy manner.