Thank you for your interest in the children in our community.

By contributing to Child Development Institute today you are investing in children right from the start, investing in what they need to grow and further develop as healthy contributing members to our society. Our service model builds community capacity with children as the catalyst for change. Investing in high quality early child development programs supports individuals who flourish into leading more enriched lives, and this produces a long-lasting benefit to our communities. With CDI’s holistic approach and collective community model, families and children will receive three essential levels of care — promotion, prevention and intervention – creating a single point of access of care while giving our most vulnerable population an opportunity to thrive.

CDI is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. Every donation is fully 100% tax deductible. Our tax ID# is 95-4545540

Should you prefer to mail your donation, please make your check payable to CDI and send to:

Child Development Institute
c/o Development Department
18050 Vanowen St.
Reseda, CA 91335

There are so many ways to give!

Giving Options

Your gift makes an immeasurable influence on young children and their families. Your support would fund items such as art materials, garden supplies, assessment/evaluation tools, therapeutic sensory toys and feeding supplies.

Become a Sponsor or Community Partner

Your company can support CDI by becoming a sponsor at one of our events such as our Annual Block Party Celebration. It’s a great way to support CDI while marketing and branding your business! Please contact us for more information or email

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double your donation’s value. Check with your company or Human Resources Department for more information.

Donate Goods

Please view our current wish list for goods that help support our center and programs.

Ralphs Rewards

Ralphs will donate up to 5% of your grocery purchase to CDI. You can register your rewards card online using this link and enter CDI’s organization number 94821. You may also call customer service at 1 -800-576-4377 to link your rewards card to CDI.

Food 4 Less

Food 4 Less will donate up to 5% of your grocery purchase to CDI. You can register your rewards card online using this link and enter CDI’s organization number 94821. You may also call customer service at 1-800-576-4377 to link your rewards card to CDI.

Joan Maltese, Ph.D.

Welcome and thank you for your desire to support the Child Development Institute and its expansive vision. Since 1995, the Child Development Institute has relied on a combination of dedicated individual donations, foundation and corporate sponsorships to build an organization focused on strengthening families and communities in the San Fernando Valley.

With your generous support, we can continue to find creative solutions to ensure that each child will have the opportunities they need to flourish in school, at home and throughout their lifetime.  Together, we can safeguard our most vulnerable children for generations to come.  Will you partner with us and consider making a monthly or one-time gift today?

You can access the link to donate directly by clicking here:  Donate Now

When you give a financial gift to support capital projects, programs or annual giving you are making an extraordinary impact on the lives of children and their families. Your gift will signify an unwavering commitment to empowering families and enhancing our most underserved communities.  The vision for Child Development Institute is one where local families and community partners come together to create a healthy and vibrant community. A place where all children will thrive in the care of families and communities, and where their needs are respected and provided for in developmentally appropriate environments.

We invite you to partner with us, and uphold a vision for all children to have a future, full of health and promise! Your support heartens our mission and makes a profound difference to the countless families we serve.

With appreciation,

Joan Maltese, Ph.D.                                                 Tessa Graham, MS, MFT
Founder/Co-CEO                                                      President/Co-CEO

I enjoy assisting with CDI’s fundraising efforts. My signature event is the back to school event where we provide medical screening for children. I enjoy seeing the kids’ faces and the parents as they receive services that they don’t ordinarily have access to. We have an audiologist, vision testing, clinics for additional services, pediatrician and a psychiatrist nurse at the event. When I hear about children who have miraculous stories, I am moved to continue financially supporting CDI and ensuring this organization thrives.

– Susan Du Brin, CDI Board Chair