Holistic Child Development Institute
The Holistic Child Development Institute (HCD Institute) is committed to helping grow the understanding of the philosophical and practical aspects of child development that takes into account the spiritual, mental, socio-emotional, and physical aspects of a person. The HCD Institute offers short introductory courses for practitioners just beginning to work with children and more advanced courses for workers who are looking to increase their knowledge of child development philosophy and practice. In the near future, we will partner with other higher education institutions to lead students towards academic credentialing, intentionally equipping Christians and future church leadership for ministry to children in and outside the Church.
What is Holistic Child Development?
The word holistic means a comprehensive understanding, a connection of all the parts to make one cohesive unit. A person’s development does not have one single component. To become a well-balanced, mature adult, a child must develop academically, by increasing their intellectual knowledge; they must develop physically, by taking care of their body and health; they must develop emotionally, by learning how to develop meaningful relationships and values; and they must develop spiritually, growing in their relationship with God. Child development programs that focus on only one of these areas neglect the other components of a child’s life, preventing them from living the full life that God wants for them.
Holistic Child Development addresses all aspects of the child’s development, not just one part. By guiding children through a program that develops them intellectually, physically, socio-emotionally, and spiritually, we give them the best opportunities to overcome the obstacles in their past and achieve all that God has in store for their lives. That is the power of Holistic Child Development.