Restorative Practices in schools can help prevent homelessness

November 13, 2019: The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) would like to highlight a solution to a problem identified in research carried out by DCU and the Peter McVerry Trust. The research found that more than 50% of the homeless men it surveyed had in their past experienced suspension or expulsion from school, which resulted in […]


Children’s Dental Workshops brighten up smiles in Tallaght

November 5, 2019: A drive is underway to improve kids dental health in Tallaght, after research has shown that many children have poor dental health. Furthermore, there is currently no HSE Dental Hygienist covering the Tallaght area – so the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) has teamed up with a special children’s dental awareness programme called […]


Tallaght mothers attend breastfeeding information morning

October 14, 2019: Breastfeeding mothers, and mums to be, in Tallaght attended a special ‘meet and greet’ and health information morning, as part of Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding. More than 40 breastfeeding mothers attended the event at the Civic Theatre, as well as expectant mothers and grandmothers. The event was part of the Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding […]


CDI awards first-ever Restorative Practice ‘Champions’ Certs

October 7th, 2019: The Tallaght based Childhood Development Initiative has awarded the first-ever Restorative Practices ‘Champion’ certs to 20 community leaders. Many of the recipients were Tallaght based and the awards took place at the CDI Office with veteran Restorative Practices (RP) ambassador Fr. Peter McVerry and CDI Chair Dr. Suzanne Guerin of UCD. In […]


Childhood Development Initiative attends national showcase to share learning and plan for the future

October 3, 2019: The country’s 12 Area Based Childhood (ABC) prevention and early intervention programmes, including the Childhood Development Initiative, attended a national showcase on what has been achieved to date and to plan for the future. The Tallaght based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) presented an information stand on its work led by CEO, Marian […]


More than 1,000 Children and Families Supported by CDI in 2018

Sept 12, 2019: More than 1,000 children and families were supported by the Tallaght West based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) in 2018 – as highlighted in its latest Annual Report. 2018 was a productive year at CDI during which the core programmes ATTI, Chit Chat, Doodle Den, Doodle Families, Parental Support in Early Years and […]


Voice and photo project highlight the human stories of homelessness

March 29, 2019: The human stories of homelessness, and the human touch needed to better support people, have been documented in a novel ‘photovoice’ project launched today by Minister Katherine Zappone. The report Many Voices, No Homes – Voices from the Front line of Homelessness includes detailed personal accounts, together with photographs, of  lived experiences of homelessness […]


Dolly Parton Imagination Library Launched In Ireland

February 14, 2019: Dolly Parton’s dream to get children to develop a love of books and reading early in life is coming to Ireland – as her charity teams up with local partners to announce a free book-gifting programme. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) works with local partners to gift books to young children across the […]


Initiative launched to increase breastfeeding in Tallaght

November 29: 2018: A breastfeeding initiative has been launched in Tallaght to encourage women to breastfeed and to highlight the many benefits to the infant and mother’s health. The Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding initiative was launched today by journalist and breastfeeding advocate Siobhan O’Connor who encouraged uptake from mothers – and for the community to back breastfeeding in public […]


CDI sets out future plans to Minister Zappone and politicians in Leinster House

October 25, 2017: The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) has called on Government to support the continued delivery of prevention and early intervention programmes in Tallaght West – and to share what has been learnt with services across the country. At a special presentation to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, TDs and Senators […]