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February 2018
Family Day Edition

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley

Family Day is an important day to Ontarians. Ontario is one of four provinces in Canada that celebrate this day, which was originally introduced by the provincial government in 2007 as a day to focus on “the importance of families and family-life to people and their communities”. According to the Ontario Pedagogy of Early Years, children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential who grow up in families from diverse cultural and linguistic perspectives and who are largely influenced by the experiences they have in the environments they grow up, live and learn.
The Canadian concept of family has transcended and evolved over time to include a much broader, more inclusive and diverse definition than previous years and is reflective of our modern-day values, such as adopted, blended, cross-generational, unmarried, same-sex, single-parent, ethnic or multi-ethnic households, to name a few.
At CDI, we understand the long-lasting impact family has on the lives of children and youth, which is why we employ a family-focused approach that puts families first and not just on special occasions such as these. We believe that working with each family’s unique strengths, needs and challenges yields positive results for children during their most critical and transformational years. The family unit is often the first example a child learns from in regards to forming relationships, giving and receiving love and developing positive attachments. Working with the whole family with a collective effort increases the probability of long-term health overall and can help break cycles of trauma for generations to come.
On Family Day, we encourage you to invest more time with your loved ones.
Have a Happy Family Day.

Child Development Institute is an accredited, multi-service children’s mental health organization in Toronto, providing a range of services to children and youth aged 18 and younger, and their families. CDI is committed to responding to the unique needs of our clients through continuous process improvement, research and training. We serve approximately 3,000 children, youth and families each year.

Our mission is to make measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families. Our vision is to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering world class, innovative, evidence-based mental health programs.

To learn more about all our programs and services, visit our website at
Please support our work with families on Family Day
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