Covid 19 Pandemic ‘unmasked’ food poverty.

Today (27.07.2022), the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) announces the release of two new studies that demonstrate how living in a disadvantaged area exacerbated the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. #ChildPovertyUnmasked #FoodPovertyUnmasked Covid 19 Pandemic ‘unmasked’ food poverty.The harmful consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic were made worse by living in a disadvantaged area. The studies […]

Conference of the Parent Engagement Research Project (PEAR EC)

The final conference of the Parent Engagement Research Project (PEAR EC) took place on the 5th of April. Liz Kerrins (Early Childhood Ireland) addressed the role of early years educators in the establishment of partnerships with parents in early learning and development. You can find her presentation here.  Clara Barata (University of Coimbra), Catarina Castro […]

Notice of AGM

  Childhood Development Initiative Clg NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an annual general meeting of the company will be held on Tuesday 26th April, from 9.15am to 10am. This meeting will be held on line (Zoom) for the following purposes: 1. To receive and consider the financial statements for the year ended December 31st, 2021 […]

CDI is Great Place to Work Certified!

CDI is Great Place to Work Certified! This means we have made a long-term commitment to developing high-trust and performance cultures in our organisation. For more information please visit:

The Childhood Development Initiative is delighted to invite you to the final conference of the Parent Engagement Research Project (PEAREC) We will share findings on the evaluation of CDI’s Parenting Support approach – Powerful Parenting. CDI has been implementing Powerful Parenting in Tallaght for over a decade. The model involves placing a dedicated Parent/Carer Facilitator […]

CDI is now Committed and in the Process of Becoming Trauma Informed

CDI recognises the widespread nature of trauma and traumatic events and how those experiences can impact our overall health and wellbeing. CDI recognises that trauma impacts us all : children and families we work with, our colleagues, and ourselves. We treat everyone with the care that assumes they may have experienced trauma. Our services are […]

Additional Early Intervention resources needed for children affected disproportionately by Pandemic

October 5th, 2021: The need for additional interventions and supports for children who have been disproportionately disadvantaged because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been highlighted in new report on child poverty in Tallaght launched today. The report Over the Fence: Perspectives on and experiences of child poverty in Tallaght was written by the Childhood Development […]

Fathers call for greater equality and engagement in their parenting role

September 30, 2021: Dads have called for greater equality, more engagement and tailored supports for their role as fathers, in a new report on parenting. The report Being Dad published today (30.9.21) by Tallaght based community development organisation the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) showed some men struggling to be involved as equal caregivers and encountering […]

National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) was launched in November 2019 to provide financial support for parents towards the cost of their childcare. The NCS includes two types of financial subsidies towards the cost of quality childcare; A universal subsidy payable for children aged between 24 weeks and 36 months. This subsidy is not means-tested and […]

Bonding with Baby – Becoming A Parent

Becoming a parent is hugely rewarding but also hard work.  It can take time to adjust to all the changes and to start feeling comfortable and confident in your new role.  We have put some useful information together on looking after yourself as a parent and bonding with your new baby. Click here to read […]