...we are a charity focused on children and the families who love them.
For over forty-three years, the Parent Resource Centre has operated on two basic principals; we help children and families and we support the enduring efforts of professionals working with children.
The Parent Resource Centre
In 1975 parents and educators of preschoolers in the Ottawa-Carleton region, set up a pilot project through the Ministry of National Health and Welfare (now Health Canada) to establish the Parent Preschool Resource Centre of the National Capital Region Inc. (PPRC) and provide support for and information to stay at home parents. Over the last 43 years, we have evolved to meet the growing needs of Ottawa families; we are recognized as a citywide hub, offering early years and middle years services, as well as specialized supports and interventions for parents. As a natural extension to our services, and to address a growing demand by community professionals, we also develop targeted training for service providers who work directly with and influence children and families.
By engaging parents and caregivers, supporting early learning and development, and connecting families with resources, PRC facilitates lifelong learning and transformation. We use relevant and relatable approaches, proven best practices, and highly skilled staff to increase the quality of life for parents and children.
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 reframing 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 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 Power of Play Professional 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.
PRC also engages in charitable activities to fund raise for some of our specialized and critical support services that are not funded by government. Our funding priorities include our baby cupboard for families in urgent need, toy library, in-home safety supplies for families, and food for families while they are attending our programs.
Ultimately, all of our work centres around the child. We help children discover and develop physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills, so they can live the best life possible regardless of what barriers they may face.
We work to address the needs of families requiring intensive, comprehensive parenting supports in our community with the overall objective of having more children live in environments where they can safely grow to be competent, confident an caring adults.