Profile: Child Development Institute

Go to CDI website

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Child Development Institite (CDI) is a children’s mental health agency, providing services and programs for youth 0-18, and their families. Focus on Youth is a supportive organization giving a helping hand to the CDI.

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CDI was formed in 2004 when Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, and the West End Creche in Toronto merged. Both organizations have been helping children, families, and community needs for over 100 years. Currently, CDI provides tools and support to children and families, as well as mental health services.

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Focus on Youth workers are easy to interact with, bring positive energy, and lend that extra hand that the kids need to help them along the way.

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SUMMARY

Organization: Child Development Institute (CDI)

Location: St. Clare (124 Northcliffe Blvd.)

Ages: 0-18

Date/Times: Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM

Profile: St. Bernadette’s Summer Camp

St. Bernadette’s FRC

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A Focus on Youth leader reading The Wizard of Oz to the group

St. Bernadette’s Summer Camp was founded in 1991 by Angie Carboni. The Toronto Association of Community Living sponsored and supported St. Bernadette’s during the initial stages of its creation. Today, it’s a summer camp for children ages 6-8, from 9am to 5pm. The camp starts on July 2nd, and runs until August 17th at D’arcy McGee. It is a member of Catholic Charities, and is non-profit and non-denominational. It combines youth with developmental and/or physical challenges (such as Autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) with other “able” children.

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The rules of the camp (HAVE FUN!)

It’s a big camp with lots of kids, so everyone will get a chance to meet someone new.  The main objective of the camp is to provide affordable child care in a secure community. It has a focus on prayer, and following God’s guidance. Children enrolled in the program have the opportunity to participate in activities like swimming, picnics, and many other exciting things.

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The group of friendly Focus on Youth leaders at this location

This is the first year that the participants will be putting on an end of summer play – The Wizard of Oz. Many of their activities feed into this, such as reading the novel, and painting posters and decorations for their play.

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Painting a Wizard of Oz banner for the play at the end of their camp session

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SUMMARY

Organization: St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre

Location: D’Arcy McGee Catholic Elementary School, 20 Bansley Ave

Ages: 6-8

Date/Times: July 2nd – August 17th (weekly programs) 9am – 5pm

Website: http://stbernadettesfrc.org/

Contact info: angiecarboni@hotmail.com or  416-654-9810