100,000th free children’s book delivered in Dublin 24

February 11, 2021: More than 6,700 children – 73% of all 0-5 year olds in Dublin 24 – have signed up to a local free book gifting scheme supported by Dolly Parton, since it was launched two years ago today. This month will see the 100,000th book delivered in the Dublin 24 area, through the […]


New Year Message

Generally at this time of the year, I enjoy the challenge of attempting to write something which might motivate or inspire others. In fairness, given the amazing people I work with, it’s not hard to find wonderful things to say. But right now, as this terrible year comes to a close, I’m struggling to find […]


Role of Dads changing more during COVID-19 than any other period

October 15, 2020: Pandemic raising opportunities and highlighting challenges for Dads COVID-19 is raising new opportunities and highlighting challenges for Dads – as their roles are changing more rapidly than at any other modern period. The changing roles and experiences of Dads were highlighted at a webinar Engaging Dads, Supporting Families, hosted by the Tallaght based Childhood Development […]


IITD AWARDS 2020

CDI are really looking forward to the IITD AWARDS 20 Ceremony online next Friday 25th September. CDI are shortlisted for an award for our Restorative Practices partnership with Professional Development Service for Teachers– wish us luck!


European Grant Awarded to CDI to Evaluate Parent Engagement Model

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) is delighted to have secured the prestigious Marie Sklodowska – Curie Actions (MSCA) grant enabling us to undertake state of the art research on Parental Engagement and Relationships in Early Childhood (PEAR) starting in May 2020 to conclude in April 2022. Parental support and engagement in early years can have […]


A Homeless Christmas

On Sunday 29th December, that often dreary in-between period when most of us have eaten and drunk too much, and are wondering how on earth we will find the motivation and appetite to get through the required gluttony of New Years’ Eve, a group of volunteers from Tallaght hosted a party for almost 90 families […]



Call for greater supports for families of prisoners

December 19, 2019: A call has been made for parenting support initiatives in prisons and communities to improve outcomes for children with a parent in prison. The research report launched today identifies the negative impacts on families, particularly children, of imprisonment of a parent – and the potential to address these through parenting and family supports […]


One third of teenagers in Tallaght face mental health difficulties

December 18, 2019: Up to one third of young people in the Tallaght region experience mental health difficulties and face a major gap in accessing services – according to new research on youth mental health. The report, commissioned by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) and carried out by Trinity College Dublin, researched the needs of 12 […]


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 […]