How Failure Can Feed Success

The use of evidence for improving services is often thought of as a continuous success story from the stage of conception of an intervention, to its application and finally, to the impact on end users. RAND Europe supports the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC), which provides information on such successful interventions — EPIC’s […]


CDI Annual Report 2015

A Thousand Children and Families Supported by Tallaght Community Group in 2015 Up to a thousand children and families were supported by the Tallaght West based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) in 2015 – as highlighted in its latest Annual Report. During 2015, CDI coordinated seven intervention programmes in Tallaght, Limerick, Dublin’s inner city and other […]



Chance to say what you think about living in Tallaght West

If you are a young person living in Tallaght West, the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) is inviting you to post pictures to social media to highlight the good things about living in your community and also to share your ideas about how to make it a better place. CDI is encouraging young people to upload […]



CDI Welcomes Katherine Zappone as new Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

CDI is delighted that our founder and previous Chair, Katherine Zappone, has been appointed as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Katherine has a long established history of working to reduce poverty and educational disadvantage, and her role in developing and leading An Cosan, a community education centre in Tallaght West.  It was from this […]


Prevention and Early Intervention Groups welcome funding extension into 2017

Issued by The Childhood Development Initiative and Preparing for Life The Childhood Development Initiative and Preparing for Life, Northside Partnership have today welcomed a decision by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies to allocate funding to extend their work until August 2017. A total of €1.2m has been allocated to […]


Major Survey of Life in Tallaght West Begins

The How is our Neighbourhood? study is being co-ordinated by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) and fieldwork will continue until the end of the month. CDI has encouraged local householders to take part. The aim of the survey is to gather information on people’s experiences of living in Tallaght West and to identify needs in […]


Children urged to read for World Book Day

Children have been encouraged to take part in some fun reading, as World Book Day takes place (March 3). The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), which coordinates literacy and speech and language programmes in Dublin and Limerick urged teachers, parents and children to get involved. In Tallaght a mobile library is visiting schools this week and […]