A Day in the Life of…Michelle Collins, Nova Coordinator at CDI

What is Nova? The Nova programme is one of CDI’s pilot programmes, entering its second year of a three-year phase. Nova is a Youth Mental Health Programme. The name ‘Nova’ means new star, and it was born out of an idea from the project’s Youth Advisory Group. The Nova programme examines and develops a multi-layered […]




A Day in the Life of CDI’s Restorative Practices Programme Manager, Claire Casey!

A Day in the Life of CDI’s Restorative Practices Programme Manager, Claire Casey!  Starting our New Year with some insights shared by our CDI staff…   Typical Day Meeting inspiring people, delivering training, and chairing meetings—every day is different! Avoiding rush hour, I start at 10am, greeted by tea from my amazing colleague George!  Most […]


Announcing our Annual Report for 2022

We are very pleased to announce our Annual Report for 2022 Annual Report 2022 The Board of Management presents the annual report and audited financial statements of the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) for the year ended 31 December 2022. As Chair of CDI’s Board, Mary Corcoran proudly endorses the 2022 Annual Report. She highlights the […]


Your Parenting Journey— Pregnancy & Baby Event

Expectant and New Parents 5 December, 10am—12.30pm Rua Red, The Square, Tallaght, No need to book! Just turn up! Are you expecting or recently had a baby? Join us for this free event hosted by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI). Uncover what Tallaght offers parents, from infant massage to parenting groups and beyond. Find out […]


Recap of CDI’s Stakeholder Day on #WorldChildrensDay2023

CDI Showcase and Community Gathering: Empowering Dublin 24 We hosted the “CDI Showcase and Community Gathering: Empowering Dublin 24” on November 20th, featuring insights from speakers Joe Rynn and Ciara Pidgeon. Joe Rynn, South Dublin Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) Coordinator outlined the committee’s objectives, highlighting local success stories like Quarryvale FRC and […]


Support Pathways for Children with Additional Needs

Support Pathways for Children with Additional Needs The Childhood Development Initiative is delighted to bring you this guide: Support Pathways for Children with Additional Needs This guide arose from a need within the community to support parents and caregivers who have concerns about their child’s development. It sets out various pathways and supports available for […]


Dublin 24 Child Receives Special Dolly Bookmark and Meets Dolly Parton

A lucky child from Dublin 24 has won a magical Dolly bookmark! Dublin 24 Child Receives Special Dolly Bookmark, Meets Dolly Parton in Celebration of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Milestone As part of Dolly’s “200 Million Reasons to Celebrate” initiative, one lucky Dublin 24 child has found a special bookmark hiding between the pages of […]


CDI Named “Best Not-for-Profit Organisation” at South Dublin County Business Awards

CDI Named “Best Not-for-Profit Organisation” at South Dublin County Business Awards In a night filled with anticipation and excitement, Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) proudly accepted the award for “Best Not-for-Profit Organisation” at the South Dublin County Business Awards, an esteemed event hosted by the South Dublin Chamber. The gala awards presentation evening took place on […]