13,000 benefit from 10 years of prevention and early intervention in Tallaght West

September 12, 2017: 13,000 children, parents and staff across Tallaght West have benefitted from a €22m investment in prevention and early intervention in the community over 10 years. Celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary at Tallaght’s Civic Theatre today, the Tallaght West based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) thanked families and the community for their commitment to better […]


Call for prisoner parenting programme to be expanded

13 February, 2017: The expansion of a family intervention programme which developed prisoners’ parenting skills into other prisons has been called for, following a new report from Limerick University. The Family Links programme worked with prisoner families in Limerick Prison to develop improved relationships between prisoners, their partners and children – together with developing and […]


CDI Welcomes Katherine Zappone as new Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

June 6, 2016: CDI is delighted that our founder and previous Chair, Katherine Zappone, has been appointed as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Katherine has a long established history of working to reduce poverty and educational disadvantage, and her role in developing and leading An Cosan, a community education centre in Tallaght West.  It […]


Prevention and Early Intervention Groups welcome funding extension into 2017

April 22, 2016: The Childhood Development Initiative and Preparing for Life, Northside Partnership have today welcomed a decision by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies to allocate funding to extend their work until August 2017. A total of €1.2m has been allocated to the two organisations plus youngballymun, a third […]


Study highlights need for improved communication and collaboration in services for 0-3 year olds

February 9, 2015: A new study has highlighted the need for improved communication and collaboration between different organisations working with children and families in Tallaght. The study was launched by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) at a special networking event for service providers to children and families in Tallaght West. The launch event was organised […]


Restorative Practices part of solution to homelessness – McVerry

December 9, 2014: Homelessness campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry has encouraged greater use of Restorative Practices, as a measure to tackle homelessness. Speaking at the launch of two Restorative Practice reports in Dublin today, Fr. McVerry said that greater use of restorative practice in disadvantaged families, communities and in schools would help to prevent homelessness. “Homelessness […]


Further Restorative Practice Primary Schools launched in Tallaght West

October 6, 2014: Two Primary Schools in Tallaght, St. Mark’s Junior and St. Mark’s Senior in Springfield, have been launched as ‘Restorative Practice Schools’. The announcement follows three other Tallaght Primary Schools Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Junior and Senior and Scoil Chaitlín Maude which were launched as ‘Restorative Practice Schools’ earlier this year. Restorative Practices (RP) […]


CDI Wins Communications Award

The Tallaght based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) has won a top award for its communications at this years Public Relations Institute of Ireland industry awards. CDI received its Award from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a gala awards ceremony. CDI, working together with the agency Cavanagh Communications, won the title of Best Corporate Communication in […]


Limerick Kids Graduate with Improved Literacy Skills

July 6, 2014: 90 kids from Limerick today celebrated improved literacy skills after completing an intensive early years intervention programme. The children worked hard since last September completing three hour-and-a-half long after-school sessions each week, as part of the Doodle Den programme which took place in six Primary Schools in Limerick city. The Senior Infants […]


Report says early intervention makes economic and moral sense

July 6, 2014: Greater use of approaches which prevent or tackle social problems early will save money and result in better outcomes for more young people and families, a network of 24 organisations has stated. Launching a report by Independent Social Researcher Brian Harvey, the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) said that both Irish […]