Community Engagement

It is not difficult to find a PRC staff member out and about in our community involved in helping parents, professionals or caregivers. 

We are proud to be so involved with colleagues and families:


In 2018, PRC became part of the new EarlyON Child and Family system of services. As a result of funds received from the City of Ottawa, we continue to offer our popular parent support phone-line, education calendar, community playgroups, parent support and education groups, and access to an extensive library and database of resources, which includes the GoFamily! online interactive services map.


    • Since our inception as a citywide charity in 1978, we have served more than 10,000 parents and children.  Today, through our main site in Sandy Hill and three drop-in sites across the city, we serve more than 700 participants annually (parents, caregivers and children) in playgroups and baby groups. This translates into over 8,000 total annual visits to PRC programs.


    • Each year, we support 620 parents through our specialized parent groups, workshops and book club that all focus on promoting self-awareness, strengthening existing parenting abilities and re-framing what parenting looks like.


    • Throughout the year, the Early Learning Specialists at PRC offer workshops and training to community professionals who work with children.  These professional development sessions provide peer networking opportunities, skill building, problem solving and practical application of new early learning frameworks and materials. Annually, over 1,500 professionals participate in these training opportunities.


    • Through our In-home parent support service, funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth, we work with our most vulnerable families throughout Ottawa by providing critical life skills training, hands-on guidance, and mental health consultation built on evidence-based best practices. On average, we serve 95 families each year through this service, and work closely with them to help them reach their parenting goals.


    • PRC also holds annual community engagement events to bring families together and provide opportunities for participants to connect, explore and learn.  Our Little Picassos’ children’s paint events provide time and space for parents and children to collaborate, express themselves, and have fun as they create a masterpiece together. Our Power of Play in the Park event introduces families to the crucial role and benefits of play for children through activities such as our outdoor StoryWalks®. The Professionals at Play Forum introduces early years professionals to engaging and progressive experts in the field to support knowledge sharing and provide professional development experiences for those working closely with children.


We are also very fortunate to have so many synergistic relationships with our colleagues - and this enables PRC to easily be involved in many progressive initiatives and reach into different communities to have continued impact...


  • Caregivers and Home Childcare providers
  • Mothers, Fathers, Children
  • Grandparents, Extended Family
  • Early Years Professionals
  • School Boards
  • Community Professionals
  • Child Care Services
  • Data/Research for Child Development
  • Early Literacy
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Family Support
  • Screening Clinics
  • Neighbourhood Groups / Hubs