Professional Development Institute
“Opening spaces where families and professionals can create a community of learning.”
The Professional Development Institute (PDI) was created to provide support to the children, youth, families, and personnel in this organization, in the city and nationwide through the following projects:
- The PDI is the liaison with the Cornerstones Project at Zero To Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. The project offers support to programs serving pregnant women, infants and toddlers especially in the areas of program design and management, professional development and reflective supervision.
- In collaboration with the Family Literacy Program and Georgetown University, the PDI is implementing an English as a Second Language (ESL) and Literacy Program that provides classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
- The PDI is collaborating with the National Council of La Raza and other neighborhood organizations to create a regional workforce development strategy to serve families and community members.
- The PDI continuously implements and provides access to professional development opportunities in English or Spanish for staff, parents, community members, and staff from other organizations.