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This organization may be able to help if you’re looking for resources for your child during the coronavirus

Child Development Resources, a nonprofit providing resources for toddlers and their families, continues to deliver services to its clients during the coronavirus.

The organization serves children with disabilities, low income families or other risk factors and has a host of programs from child therapy sessions to parents support groups.

“We have been pretty proactive I think at figuring out ways to serve the young children and families in our communities,” said Jenny O’Donnell, spokeswoman for CDR.

She noted CDR services 1,400 children in the Historic Triangle and their families and during the coronavirus, CDR has had to adapt by shifting client resources online.

“Normally assessment for children is in the building, but we have just started doing assessments through a virtual platform,” she said.

Other CDR services have also gone virtual such as the Infant & Parent Program, which gives parents resources for their child’s development and the circle of parent program, a parent-run support group.

“Having that kind of support really does make a difference,” O’Donnell added.

Children have to be referred to the organization, which then determines the child’s needs and if they are eligible for other services.

O’Donnell noted both the fatherhood and motherhood support programs are open to anyone and CDR is reaching out to people who need services since the hospitals are busy.

CDR is also accepting donations.

“It’s a challenging time for everyone,” she said. “The community has always been generous to CDR and we’re so very grateful for that.”

Anyone concerned about their child’s development can call the Child Development Resources Hotline at 757-566-TOTS or fill out a contact form on the nonprofit’s website.

For more information about the fatherhood program, email


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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