About CDIR

Building the ethical leaders of tomorrow requires an investment in more than academic achievement. We must nurture the whole child. The Child Development Institute of the Redwoods is dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology and our evolving sense of self, community, and environment. We invite you to join us in this critical conversation.

Aubrey Hargis, M.ed.

Aubrey Hargis is the founder and executive director of The Child Development Institute of the Redwoods. Through CDIR, she offers coaching and consultations to parents and teachers who are looking for gentle parenting techniques and effective teaching strategies. As an educator and child development researcher, she has taught children aged from toddlers through elementary school in both the public and private school sector and holds both an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an American Montessori Society certificate in Lower Elementary. The coastal cliffs and the redwood trails in the San Francisco Bay area beckon her almost every weekend for another family adventure.


David Hargis, M.A.

David Hargis is an educational researcher and writer focused on technology, equity, and social progress. He began his career as a high school teacher in Texas before moving into digital learning and content development. Today, he is the executive director of a product innovation lab at a San Francisco-based educational research and analytics company. He's an avid music fan and hiker.