Never Give Up On A Child – The Good Work of Child Development Institute


Passing the 20-year mark is a milestone for any business, especially a nonprofit. Child Development Institute’s↗ (CDI) 20th anniversary this year is an especially big milestone for the thousands of San Fernando Valley-area families who have benefited from CDI’s relationship-based early intervention and therapeutic services for children and their families. Grandpoint Bank and its staff have maintained relationships with CDI over the 20 years of this organization’s important work, and our Senior Vice President Arlet Hur, who works in our Encino office, is a strong supporter and CDI board member.

Arlet was particularly impressed with CDI because she has several family members who have been challenged with autism – one of the many “brain differences” addressed by CDI. Arlet describes the organization as a “one-stop shop” for parents who don’t know how to find the resources they need to help their children.

Joan Maltese, Executive Director for CDI, points out that early intervention, including screening, is the most helpful and economical for families dealing with child development challenges. “You can face a lifetime of stress if you don’t know where the resources are,” she says, adding that parents are often the first to recognize that their child may be struggling.

CDI is unique because of its focus on the whole family – supporting them to provide the social and emotional development tools their kids need in an integrated, whole child and whole family approach. Joan’s message to families is never give up on a child. “Never let a diagnosis stop you from thinking about who a child might really be,” she added.

At CDI’s recent 20th anniversary gala, a 15-year old young man named Dillan, who has autism and is non-verbal, stunned the crowd. Dillan, using a communication board, demonstrated that the early years his parents spent involved with CDI and its services gave them the foundation to keep investing in Dillan’s development. He was able to share his thoughts with the gala crowd, and how important it was to him that CDI staff believed in him and that his parents loved him. Just because Dillan can’t express himself the same way others can doesn’t mean that he isn’t highly aware of himself, others and his surroundings. The 285 people in attendance gave Dillan a standing ovation.

Representatives from a California State Senator have asked Dillan to come to Sacramento to speak with state legislators about resources for child development. Dillan has expressed interest, and CDI plans to help him.

Organizations like CDI demonstrate the importance of community member involvement. Nonprofits serve to fill gaps where not enough market value exists to support a for-profit enterprise but the service is still very much needed. We would like to thank CDI and Arlet for helping to make our community stronger.

We are proud to provide banking services and support for CDI. Please visit CDI’s website↗ for more information about the organization and how you can get involved.


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Posted on April 20, 2015, in Charity, Clients. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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