About Professional Training & Development

As a leading resource on early child development, our professional training emboldens the community to be further mindful of children and their healthy development. CDI provides professional trainings and consultations to organizations, professionals and schools who work with young children. We train in multiple topics related to early child development.

CDI’s well established professional training program facilitates meaningful trainings throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County. We customize trainings for each organization’s needs and desired outcomes making each training experience unique and interactive. Our training style is a combination of lecture, reflection and interactive activities as well as providing information in a variety of mediums including in-person and online training options.

Current Training Opportunities


For over 28 years, CDI has been a leader in early child development focused on Strengthening Families and Communities.

Interactive & Reflective

CDI trainings are unique and interactive, using a Reflective Practice approach to advance participants beyond the typical experience of a one-day seminar.

Relationship Focused

Our trainings emphasize the value of building adult capacities and strengthening families by creating meaningful relationships in order to create lasting impact on the lives of the families and professionals we serve.

CDI’s customized trainings are ideal for all professionals working with young children, such as:

  • Early Child Care Providers
  • Educators
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Child Welfare Professionals
  • Pediatric Health Professionals
  • Community Development Organizations

To learn more about CDI’s Professional Training Programs, contact Kim D’Agostino, Training Program Coordinator at (818) 888-4559 ext. 2015 or by email kdagostino@cdikids.org

Our Reflective Practice Approach

Bring Child Development Institute’s more than 28 years of experience in professional training and coaching to your organization. We customize training for YOUR needs and desired outcomes. Come experience our unique and interactive style as we engage in a Reflective Practice approach.

CDI trainers model a strength-based approach and use the concept of the parallel process to help participants understand the impact their actions can directly have on children. In our trainings, we emphasize the value of building adult capacities and strengthening families by creating meaningful relationships.

Reflective Supervision

CDI provides reflective supervision for professionals working in the field of early childhood.  CDI’s team of licensed clinicians and trainers hold the California Center Endorsement for  IFECMHS Reflective Practice Facilitators.

CDI provides specialized training in a variety of topics in the following fields:

  • Attachment
  • Atypical Development
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Cultural Humility
  • Developmental Screenings
  • Early Child Development
  • Early Intervention
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Professional Development
  • Reflective Practice
  • Resilience
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Strengthening Families & Protective Factors
  • Transdisciplinary Intervention Practices
  • Trauma-Informed Care

CASA LA has partnered with CDI’s Professional Training department since 2011. At CASA LA, we advocate for children in foster care. We were seeking specialized knowledge and training for our staff and volunteers regarding early childhood development to work with kids ages 0 to 5. We reached out to Child Development Institute. Our partnership began as an experiential train the trainer model and has evolved into a community-based partnership. This training is extremely useful for not just our organization but also many others. We highly recommend the CDI team.

– Lauri Halderman
Senior Program Coordinator for CASA LA