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Summer 2020
CDI joins Anti-Black Racism Task Force

Read our full statement here.

CDI selected as first-place prize recipient in charity art contest

Susan Paterson, President of the CDI Foundation Board, and Melanie Manchee, Vice-President of the CDI Board, joined a live broadcast on CityTV’s Breakfast Television on July 8, 2020, to celebrate CDI’s youngest new donor, Eileen, 12, who won a Canada-wide art contest and donated her charity win to CDI.

Eileen’s inspiring artwork, titled There is Light Despite the Darkness, is now on display on a billboard at 1140 Yonge Street for the remainder of 2020.

The inaugural A Big Picture art contest, presented by Devron Developments, encouraged children and youth to submit artwork in an effort to lift the spirits of Canadians during COVID-19.

Thank you to Eileen and Devron Developments for supporting CDI!

Read more here.

CDI Camps Go Virtual

During these unprecedented times, CDI has remained committed to supporting children, youth and families by developing virtual services and adaptations of our programs, including our beloved summer camps. Our virtual summer camp programs for Camp Towhee, Camp Wimodausis and Start Right Social Skills will be carrying on the many traditions and skill-building tools that make our camp programs so special for the families in our care. 

Click here to learn more about our virtual camp programs.  

For additional resources, such as family activities and helpful articles, view our COVID-19 Resources Page.

Live on Facebook: Ask CDI

Join in on our newest delivery of virtual expert advice – Ask CDI! Events are held live on our Facebook page as we cover a variety of exciting and relevant topics for parents/caregivers, educators and community members. These events are free, interactive and a wonderful opportunity to connect with CDI experts as they navigate topics related to the mental health of children, youth and families.

A library of past Ask CDI events can be found on our YouTube channel.


The COVID-19 pandemic is the largest health crisis encountered in generations, leaving the mental health of our communities at an elevated risk. Vulnerable children and youth from minority populations are at particular risk of worsening mental health. Domestic/family abuse has also increased drastically.
Please donate today to support families that are especially at risk during this crisis. Your gift will help provide essential and urgent mental health services to families struggling more than ever. 
Have you ever thought about using your voice to
support Children’s Mental Health?  

Click here to learn how to join CDI as a volunteer CDI Ambassador.  


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
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