For over four decades, Community Development Institute (CDI) has provided training, technical assistance, project management, and organizational development services to public and private agencies serving children and families, particularly those benefitting low-income communities. We also work with nonprofits and businesses in the areas of leadership development and organizational change.

    Some highlights from our rich history include the following:
  • More than 30 years of Head Start training and technical assistance experience, including Head Start Supplementary Training and Child Development Associate Training
  • Leadership of national Head Start and child care initiatives such as QUILT (Quality in Linking Together) and TABLE (Taking Action to Build Leadership Excellence)
  • Established history in strengths-based leadership development using Appreciative Inquiry


  • 1970

    Founded by Carolyn Miller and Paul Villar, visionaries in community development and civil rights

  • 1990-1997

    Established close working relationship with Head Start (HS), including serving as HS Resource Center, HS Technical Support Center, and HS Quality Improvement Center for various national regions

  • 1998-2003

    Partnered with the Education Development Center to lead QUILT (Quality in Linking Together), a project providing training and technical assistance to local, state, regional, tribal, and national programs/ organizations to foster collaboration and partnerships among Head Start, Child Care, and Prekindergarten programs

  • 2000

    Created nonprofit CDI Head Start to manage National Interim Programs. Awarded first National Interim Management Program. Since then, we have provided interim services to over 200 Head Start programs in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

  • 2004

    Published The Nonprofits’ Guide to the Power of Appreciative Inquiry, a guidebook to this transformative process for organizational change and development

  • 2008-2011

    Led TABLE (Taking Action to Build Leadership Excellence), a three-year demonstration to improve Head Start and Early Head Start programs’ management and implementation of the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). Streamlined CACFP recordkeeping for interim Head Start programs to meet state agency and federal requirements

  • 2010

    Celebrated 40 years inspiring individual, organizational and community transformation

  • 2011

    Awarded management of the National Tribal Center (NTC) for the Office of Child Care, including supporting states, tribes and territories in designing child care subsidy programs

  • 2011

    Partnered with the Navajo Nation in a program quality and fiscal integrity initiative at the request of the Navajo Nations Office of the President

  • 2011-2016

    Helped tribal grantee organizations administer and implement Child Care Development Funds programs through the National Tribal Center

  • 2011-2014

    Ranked in The Denver Post’s top 10 Top Workplaces (Small Business Category) for four consecutive years