197 Euclid Ave.
Toronto, ON M6J 2J8
CEO: Andrew Reddin
Board Chair: Kate Banting

Charitable Reg. #:11929 2795 R0002


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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:

Child Development Institute is a 4-star charity. It is financially transparent and has overhead costs within Ci's reasonable range but has a below-average results reporting grade.

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 18 and their families. The majority of CDI programs are available at no cost to children and families living in Toronto. According to the charity, 14% of Canadian children experience mental health issues.

By treating mental illness early, CDI hopes the children can avoid negative social, economic, physical, and mental outcomes in adulthood. It runs four main programs: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, Learning Disabilities & Mental Health, and Healthy Child Development. The charity does not provide a spending breakdown by program. In F2022, it served 2,229 children and families.

Early Intervention Services: This program provides mental health services such as counseling and school programs for children under 12 who face social-emotional or behavioral problems. In F2022, the program served 465 children. 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.

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. In F2022, the charity helped 207 women and children in this program.

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, and martial arts programs. In F2022, the charity served 317 children in this program.

Healthy Child Development: Child Development Institute operates five Early Learning Centres under this program. The Centres provide young children with a positive learning and play-based environment. In F2022, the charity delivered 847 virtual sessions through childcare consultation and provided 47 workshops for 603 participants.

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Results and Impact

Child Development Institute reported 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.

In F2022, CDI reported that 90 to 100% of clients surveyed rated Family Violence programs to be highly consistent with trauma-informed practices.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of CDI's results.

Charity Intelligence has not assessed the impact on CDI. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.

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As of April 1, 2021, the CDI operating charity and the CDI Foundation officially merged into one combined entity – Child Development Institute, a federal charity. This analysis presents the consolidated statements for F2022 and F2021 and consolidates the statements of CDI and CDI Foundation in F2020.

In F2022, Child Development Institute received donations of $2.8m. CDI also received $15.1m in government funding, representing 70% of total revenue. Revenue from fees of services was $3.5m in F2022, representing 16% of total revenue. In F2022, CDI sold property located at 161 Madison Ave., Toronto for proceeds of $4.6m. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 6%. For every dollar donated, 94 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CDI has $17.8m in reserve funds. The charity could cover around 11 months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

Updated on July 14, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.1%5.2%4.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.9%2.2%2.4%
Total overhead spending 6.0%7.4%6.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 93.8%60.3%44.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,8492,5391,709
Government funding 15,13016,30714,139
Fees for service 3,4951,9615,121
Investment income 215608(372)
Other income 480738
Total revenues 21,73521,41521,334
Program costs 19,01618,47620,806
Administrative costs 8851,081872
Fundraising costs 555741
Other costs 471670
Total spending 20,00219,78121,719
Cash flow from operations 1,7331,634(385)
Capital spending (4,479)1620
Funding reserves 17,83411,2339,587

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. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by $1.2m in F2022, $1.1m in F2021, and $1.4m in F2020. Amortization of deferred capital contributions was also adjusted for, decreasing revenues by $51k in F2022, $6k in F2021, and $6k in F2020. The charity's T3010 filing with the CRA was used to calculate fundraising costs and the amount was removed from program costs and reported as fundraising expenses. The charity only listed 7 of its top 10 salary ranges for F2022.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 221

Avg. compensation: $61,437

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.childdevelop.ca
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