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, M.Ed. is a parent coach and educational consultant best known for her empathetic approach and appreciation for the magic of childhood. As the founder of the Child Development Institute of the Redwoods, she creates online courses and coaches parents in compassionate discipline techniques and Montessori education. Aubrey lives with her husband and two children under a blanket of San Francisco fog, where the coastal cliffs and nearby redwood trails are always beckoning for another 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 product development. Today, he is the head of learning for a San Francisco-based English language learning provider. He's an avid music fan and hiker.