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About Us

The BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) is a provincial association of agencies that provide child development and therapy services to children and youth with special needs and their families in British Columbia.

The History Behind BCACDI

The following organizations have represented the interests of child development services on a provincial basis for the past 50 years, leading to the establishment of BCACDI. 


Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC)

  • Established in 1948

  • In the 1970's, Child Development Centers (CDC's) were members of CPABC

  • The common link was that all CDC's had therapy programs

  • Ministry of Health funded CPABC, which in turn, distributed funding to CDC's

  • Funding process changed in April,1982 so that funding went directly to CDC's


Child Development and Rehabilitation Network (CDRN)

  • Provincial network of CDC Executive Directors

  • Began in 1982 as EDA (Executive Director's Association) reporting to CPABC Board

  • In 1986 CDRN became an independent group

  • Worked with agencies and government to develop and promote quality measures


BC Association of Child Development Centers (BCACDC)

  • Provincial association of CDC Board representatives - Formed in 1990

  • Worked with CDRN and government to promote interests of child development services and agencies


The BC Association for Child Development and Intervention

  • Established in 1996 to unite CDRN and BCACDC under a single organization

  • Mission and Strategic Plan developed in 1997 and renewed in 1998 and 1999

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