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5.9 OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES
The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) has created a ten-year strategy to improve the health, safety and learning of the children of Tallaght West, and to strengthen their sense of belonging in their own communities. This paper portrays an overview of the strategy, the principles of freedom and prevention which underpin the project and outlines two of the eight activities, namely the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme and the Enhancing Quality through Integration and Training (EQIT) programme. These two activities seek to develop high quality services in accordance with international evidence on early childhood development, local quantitative and qualitative research, national policy developments and scientific service design and will be rigorously evaluated. We will argue that given the process adopted and positive evaluation results, these services should be replicated and mainstreamed.
French, G., Zappone, K.:The Childhood Development Initiative: Developing Quality Services. Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education’s Conference Proceedings, Vision into Practice, Dublin Castle, Dublin, 8th – 10th February 2007, pp 321-327.