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Pour les services en français, veuillez communiquer avec: Le Centre francophone de Toronto

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Children's Mental Health

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About CDI

Child Development Institute (CDI), an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto, is a groundbreaker in developing innovative programming. We offer evidence-based programs for children ages 0-12 and youth ages 13-18, and their families across four streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, the Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Services (formerly Integra) and Early Years and Child Care Services.

We are proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.

Built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families, we have an established track record of success in children’s mental health and family violence.

Our family-focused approach puts families first. We work with each child and family’s unique strengths, needs and challenges. We help them to uncover their abilities, give them tools to succeed, and support them in overcoming challenges.

Our Early Intervention Services include a range of individual, group and school-based programs to help children and families struggling with social-emotional and behavioural issues. SNAP® (Stop Now And Plan), our award-winning cognitive-behavioural model, teaches children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills.

Our Family Violence Services offer group and shelter-based programs to help women and children who have experienced family violence or other trauma. Individual and family counselling, parenting support, family reconnection and healing services, and links to community supports are available.

Our Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Services (formerly Integra) provides family-centred, evidence-informed direct clinical services to children and youth ages 8 to 18 with diagnosed learning disabilities and mental health issues in Toronto. Our summer residential therapy program, Towhee Summer Residential Program, serves children ages 10 to 18 from across the province. Our Community Education and Engagement program provides training and public education without geographical boundary limitations.

Our Early Year and Child Care Services includes four Early Learning Centres (child care centres) and the Parkdale-High Park EarlyON Child and Family Centre. The program provides young children with a healthy start in a child-focused, play-based early learning environment.

We are a highly collaborative organization, sharing our research, knowledge and expertise through partnerships and collaborations, training, consultation and publications. CDI is a trusted thought leader in children’s mental health and family violence, not only because our solutions are developed out of research, but also because of the innovative solutions that result from our approach.

Pour les services en français, veuillez communiquer avec:

Le Centre francophone de Toronto
555, rue Richmond ouest, #303 
Toronto, ON M5V 3B1
Télephone: 416-922-2672 
Télecopieur: 416-922-6624


Land Acknowledgement

At the Child Development Institute, we acknowledge that the land on which we work is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat and the Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land continues to be home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. CDI is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to make measurable progress toward Truth and Reconciliation. We affirm this commitment in deep gratitude for the opportunity to live and work on this land.