197 Euclid Ave.
Toronto, ON M6J 2J8
Acting CEO: Lynn Ryan MacKenzie
Board Co-Chair: James Porter

Charitable Reg. #:11929 2795 RR0002


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 94 cents are available for programs.

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About Child Development Institute:

Founded in 2004, Child Development Institute (CDI) was formed by merging the Crèche and Earlscourt Child and Family Centres in Toronto. CDI is a mental health agency that offers programs for children under the age of 18 and their families. The majority of CDI’s programs are available to children and families living in Toronto at no cost. Over 70% of mental health problems start in childhood and mental illness affects approximately 1.2 million Canadian children. Five out of six children will not receive the mental health treatment they need. 

By treating mental illness early, CDI hopes to avoid negative social, economic, physical, and mental outcomes in adulthood. It runs four main programs: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, Integra Learning Disabilities & Mental Health, and Healthy Child Development. No spending breakdown by program was provided by the charity.

In F2020, CDI served 4,676 children and families, 70% of whom were between the ages of 0-12.

Please note that as of April 1, 2021, Child Development Institute (the “Organization”) and Child Development Institute Foundation (the “Foundation”) officially amalgamated into one combined entity. 

Early Intervention Services: This program provides mental health services such as counselling and school programs for children under the age of 12 who face social-emotional or behavioural problems. In F2020, 19,240 sessions were provided to clients. Early Intervention Services also encompasses one of CDI’s largest sub-programs, SNAP. SNAP teaches kids and parents to stop and think when angry, improving self-control and emotional regulation. Over 25,000 children and their families were reached by SNAP worldwide in F2020.

Family Violence Services: This program helps women and children who have experienced family violence or other trauma. It offers group programs, and shelter services for those in need. 

Integra Learning Disabilities and Mental Health: Through this program, CDI offers family-centered clinical services to children and youth aged 8-18 with diagnosed learning disabilities complicated by mental health issues. Services include community education, individual therapy, summer residential programs, and martial arts programs. In F2020, 1,326 direct counselling hours were provided to participants.

Healthy Child Development: Child Development Institute operates five Early Learning Centres under this program. The Centres provide young children a positive learning and play-based environment. In F2020, 2,512 children were served.

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Results and Impact

Child Development Institute reports that 75% of kids who are in trouble with the law before age 12 are likely to commit more offenses. Of SNAP graduates, 68% do not have a criminal record by the age of 19.

CDI reports that 92% of families served said that they learned helpful things from CDI. It also notes that after 10 sessions of its program, Start Right, teachers reported significant improvement in participants’ social skills, cooperation, and self-control. Other surveyed results include: 85% of children in the Taste of Home program reporting use of learned stress management strategies, 95% of mothers reporting positive changes in their relationship with their child since beginning Mothers in Mind, and 92% of Here to Help participant mothers reporting positive parenting changes.

Regarding CDI offering martial arts programs, Dr. Karen Milligan at Ryerson University has conducted research and found that mixed martial arts improves focus and self-regulation, and decreases anxiety.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of CDI's results. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on CDI. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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Financial analysis consolidates the financial statements of CDI and the CDI Foundation. Child Development Institute had donations of $1.7m in F2020. Revenue from childcare fees was $5.1m in F2020, representing 23% of total revenue. CDI received $14.1m in government funding, representing 64% of total revenue.

Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. For every $1 donated, 94 cents go to the cause, which is just inside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. In both F2019 and F2018, total overheading spending was outside of Ci's reasonable range. Charities with such low reported overhead costs may be improperly allocating fundraising and administrative costs to programming. CDI has $9.6m in funding reserves, of which $392k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, reserves could cover CDI’s programming for 5 months.

Updated June 9, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.0%3.3%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.4%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 6.4%3.4%3.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 44.2%45.4%39.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,7092,5662,016
Government funding 14,13913,38212,703
Fees for service 5,1215,7165,303
Investment income (372)230206
Other income 738808909
Total revenues 21,33422,70321,137
Program costs 20,80620,74119,502
Administrative costs 872749720
Fundraising costs 4110
Total spending 21,71921,49120,223
Cash flow from operations (385)1,211914
Funding reserves 9,5879,8568,183

Note: Ci removed transfers to and from the Foundation and Institute and rental expenses paid by CDI to the Foundation. Adjustments were made regarding deferred revenue, affecting revenues by ($138k) in F2020, $563k in F2019, and $272k in F2018. Amortization of deferred capital contributions was also adjusted for, affecting revenues by ($6,180) in F2020, F2019 and F2018. The charity's T3010 filing with the CRA was used to calculate fundraising costs for F2020. Fundraising costs reported to the CRA of $39k (F2020) were removed from program costs and reported as fundraising expenses. Comparable information on fundraising costs was not available in the charity's filing with the CRA for F2019 or F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 244

Avg. compensation: $57,571

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.childdevelop.ca
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 Tel: 416-603-1827

Relevant Statistic for Impact Section: A Statistical Snapshot of Youth at Risk and Youth Offending in Canada, National Crime Prevention Centre, 2012

Tel: 416-603-1827


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