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The Parent Resource Centre is a not-for-profit charity focused on children and the families who love them.

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2026, the Parent Resource Centre (PRC) has continuously expanded to meet the ever-changing needs of Ottawa area families since its inception in 1975. Initially envisioned by both parents and educators, the "Parent Preschool Resource Centre of the National Capital Region Inc." was born out of a pilot project funded by the Ministry of National Health and Welfare (now Health Canada), with the aim of providing support and information to stay-at-home parents. 

Today, we are a vibrant Parenting Resource Hub, welcoming all parents throughout their parenting journey. Our services encompass early and middle years support for children, along with tailored assistance for parents and caregivers with children up to18 years.  

From aiding in system navigation to fostering skill development and promoting good mental health practices—including adhering to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health standards—we offer specialized support aimed at enhancing family well-being. Additionally, recognizing the broader community impact, we extend our expertise through targeted training programs designed for professionals and service providers directly engaged with children and families. 

By actively engaging with children, parents, and caregivers, and by facilitating early learning and development, PRC serves as a catalyst for lifelong growth and transformation. Our dedicated staff, equipped with extensive expertise, employ relatable approaches and evidence-based practices to enhance the quality of life for both children and their families. 

OUR VALUES 

At PRC, we are CHILD CENTRED AND FAMILY FOCUSED.  We put our hearts into our work with programming and services that are created and delivered with the well-being, health and resiliency of families first.  We build on existing strengths, and meet families where they are at, so that all children are recognized as unique as they develop and build on their potential.   

We want everyone who comes through our doors to feel INCLUDED when they are with us and know they are welcome.  Staff invest time in learning about various cultures and emergent issues and want to empower families we work with to do their best.  We draw wisdom from lived experiences and offer an environment that values diversity, respect and reduces barriers to participation. 

We COLLABORATE with enthusiasm to ensure we provide engaging and unique opportunities for our families, incorporating different experiences, materials and learning into our programs and services.  Often in a leadership position to optimize resources, we are able to incorporate diverse backgrounds, strengths and skills to deliver exceptional resources for families in need.

  

We are COMPASSIONATE at PRC, and that means being connected with our clients who need us to be empathetic, trauma informed, respectful and engaging.  We are lifelong learners who connect and network with our peers, receive ongoing support from our managers, as well as targeted training and development in order to best serve our clients.   

We are not intimated by INNOVATION and use our knowledge in new and different ways to benefit our families.  We take pride in being able to use our professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that we are constantly and consistently providing our families (and each other) with what is needed, when it is needed, in the best format to help realize goals.    

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 

We acknowledge that The Parent Resource Centre is on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants. The Parent Resource Centre honours all First Nations, Inuit, Métis and all Indigenous peoples and their valuable past, present and future contributions in strengthening and shaping our communities. 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT THE PRC 

At the Parent Resource Centre we are committed to removing barriers and creating diverse communities. We will continue to strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our families, employees and volunteers. 

“The Parent Resource Center has played a huge role in the bonding through play relationship I have with my youngest son, Joshua. From different play areas for babies and toddlers, to the walls filled with art and useful information on parenting and raising healthy children, the PRC is a place where my son and I can play, sing and enjoy others company. It’s a great place for my son to learn important milestones in his development and a place for me to get some social needs met through conversations with staff and other parents. We love the PRC!"

Megan, Parent 

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