Child Development Institute
Strengthening Families… Strengthening Communities
At Child Development Institute (CDI) our mission is to help all children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development.
Play-Based Learning & Prevention Services
CDI’s Early Learning Center (ELC) is a free, play and learning space, open to all children ages 0-6 and their families.
The ELC offers families a safe, nurturing environment with age-appropriate play and learn activities that parents can take home, along with free developmental screenings and engaging parenting workshops.
Browse Our Programs & Classes
10:00 am - CALM Baby & Me (0-12mos)
2:30 pm - Tranquil Tuesdays- ELC program
3:00 pm - Sensory Learners (6-12mos)
4:00 pm - Ready, Set, Write (6-7 yrs)
9:00 am - FREE distribution of Fruits & Vegetables!
10:00 am - Foodie Toddlers (24-36mos)
Recent Blog Posts
Relationship building takes time and effort. Parents must work hard at developing a strong and dynamic relationship with each of their children. Our children grow and change with each new
Pediatricians follow a schedule of recommended visits for children from 0-18 years of age. At each visit, the doctor pays attention to the child’s development, growth and general health. But
What do you think of when you hear the term self-regulation? Parents usually envision a well behaved child: calm and obedient. For a therapist, self-regulation sits at the intersection of a
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. CDI’s speech therapists work with children and their families to improve communication, reduce auditory delays, and tackle oral-motor and feeding challenges. Parents often wonder
Occupational therapists love to come up with clever ways to help their young clients thrive. Tapping into a child’s motivation is the key ingredient in our recipe for therapeutic success.
Family dynamics can make a parent feel invisible. All families are complex and rich with unique patterns that get created early on. A dominant parent can emerge because of personality
Imagine for a moment a baby sitting on the floor. He looks up and sees a colorful object on the other side of the room. He gets on all fours,
Attunement is our ability to be aware of and respond to our child’s needs. It is deeply connected to emotional attachment. Some children may have a very different temperament than
Psychology experts, from David Elkind, Ph.D. to Peter Gray, Ph.D., all agree that the role of children is play. Free, unstructured play especially promotes learning in ways that structured activities
Technology is all around us. Children are taught at a young age to use devices for entertainment, education, boredom, and regulation. Opinions are divided on whether the use of iPads
One of the questions we get asked regularly is: How come you don’t always bring toys with you when you come for an in-home session? Although there are times when
Your Child's Brain and Healthy Development The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development - especially the brain. By