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Learn about our child care consultation and support programs and our upcoming workshop for parents of teens with learning disabilities/ADHD.
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CDI's Child Care Consultation and Support Programs help children with developmental, emotional or behavioural needs in child care centres.

Featured Program:
Child Care Consultation and Support Services

“Ensuring equity and inclusion are the primary goals of our work as child care consultants,” says Cynthia Alutis, a manager within CDI’s Early Intervention Services.

Under Toronto’s “Every Child Belongs” service model, CDI staff deliver consultation services and other supports to children aged 0-12 attending licensed child care centres in Toronto and East York. This model supports inclusion within child care centres so that every child has access to care in their community that offers inclusive, developmentally-appropriate early childhood experiences.

“From helping families understand their child’s needs to supporting them throughout their child’s early years, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of the families we work with,” Cynthia says.
While the needs of the children served through consultation vary, CDI’s child care consultants often work with families from the time they first learn about their child’s special needs through to the child’s entry into the school system and beyond. The consultants not only develop strategies to help children integrate into their surroundings but also advocate on behalf of families within the school system.

For children who are exhibiting social, emotional or behavioural needs in child care, CDI offers a short-term, intensive service known as Intensive Resource Support.

“We work collaboratively with child care supervisors and early childhood educators, as well as teachers, doctors and other professionals in order to ensure children are provided with individual, personalized care that addresses their specific needs,” Cynthia says. 

Referrals under the City of Toronto’s Every Child Belongs model are initiated by supervisors and Early Childhood Educators at licenced centres. To learn more about CDI’s Child Care Consultation and Support Programs, visit our website

We Are CDI

We are grateful for the support of our community of donors who invest generously in the programs we run for children and families.
Thank you for your incredible contribution to CDI. You have helped us deliver critical, therapeutic programs to over 3,500 clients this year, some of our community’s most vulnerable children and families. Their journey to CDI has required great courage, perseverance and a will to make their lives better. Your continued investment today will make a big difference in their lives, for example:

$70 will help us provide a backpack and new school supplies to a child who has just moved to a shelter and is being supported through our School Liaison Program.

$150 will help us provide 12 weeks of our Taste of Home cooking class this spring for a child whose mother is receiving counselling through the Transitions Family Violence Drop-In Program.

$250 will help us send a girl and her mother to our SNAP® Girls Growing Up Healthy Program, to learn about emotional, physical and sexual health and wellness.

$500 will provide a partial bursary for Camp Towhee, so that a child with learning disabilities and mental health issues can enjoy a safe and supportive overnight camp experience this summer.

Please click here to learn about other ways your support is still needed.
 

SNAP Expansion Update

SNAP teaches children with behavioural problems how to make better choices in the moment.
The SNAP Expansion strategy to implement 120 new sites across Canada, reaching 20,000 high-risk children over the next five years, continues to gain momentum. Three Boys and Girls Clubs in Toronto and Scarborough are piloting the SNAP program in community-based settings, and new SNAP sites have also recently launched in Kenora, Halifax and Montreal.

SNAP continues to receive attention in the media. In addition to a feature on Global News and local papers in Kenora, Florida and Simcoe last year, SNAP’s Dr. Leena Augimeri was interviewed for an article in Saturday's Toronto Star. The Star spoke with families, police, youth workers, defence lawyers and other experts on the decision some parents make to involve police in managing their child's difficult or aggressive behaviour. Leena stated that children need help long before their behaviour escalates to the point of police intervention, which is exactly what SNAP has done for 30 years.

Learning Opportunity

CDI's Community Education and Engagement workshops, delivered by the Integra Program, strive to increase knowledge, empathy and understanding of learning disabilities and their social, emotional and behavioural impact on children and adolescents. 
Navigating Social Media in Teens with Learning Disabilities/ADHD

In this workshop, participants will discuss potential challenges teens with learning disabilities may face in navigating social media. 

Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto
Cost: $15 

Who should come? Workshops are primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs. Family and community members, educators, counsellors and any other interested adults are welcome.

Click here to register online. 

CDI in the News

In this article, Parents Canada focuses on helping parents make it easier for their children to talk about their mental health.
How to promote positive mental health at every age
Parents Canada


Featuring tips from the experts, including Carolee Cain, Director of Healthy Child Development at the Child Development Institute, on how to promote positive mental health, help children feel comfortable about these topics and give kids the tools to express themselves.

To read the full article, click here
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