Creating Lasting Positive Change

Inspiring People & Communities to Generate Their Own Transformation

Creating Lasting Positive Change

We Help Most Vulnerable Communities Transform Themselves

Energizing Teams Engagement at Every Level

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Inspiring Individual and Community Transformation

At Community Development Institute, we’re in the business of creating lasting positive change—for people, organizations, and communities.

Rolling up our sleeves and taking on big challenges is second nature to us. For over five decades, we've worked with individuals and entities in the public and private sectors to train leaders, develop sustainable organizational systems, and engage entire communities. We build capacity in leaders and organizations to strengthen services to young children around the world.

The CDI Difference

  • Community focused
  • Integrity + persistence
  • Creative risk-taking
  • Valuing and seeking diversity
  • A focus on strengths
  • Open and accountable
  • Dedicated to making a difference in the world
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CDI’s Work with the Head Start Community

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Improving services to the country’s most vulnerable children in Head Start programs in the United States.

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Transition Works builds upon our experiences having managed transitions in interim management programs and developed strategies, resources, and tools to support the Office of Head Start in managing complex transitions.


Training and technical assistance are provided to regional offices in their review of applications to purchase, construct, and renovate facilities.

Work CDI Supports Beyond Head Start


Building capacity for lasting impact. We support early care and learning environments.


Building the capacity of emerging early childhood leaders around the world.