To assist children of all abilities from Prince George and surrounding communities to develop to their highest potential through family-centred, child focused rehabilitation, early childhood education, and support services.
Collaborative: We use a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to improve service outcomes to the region’s children. This philosophy extends internally as well as externally, with complementary
service providers and medical practitioners.
Our core purpose is to improve the lives of the children we serve. Given available resources, our staff members are each responsible for providing the best services possible in their area of responsibility.
The Centre’s staff members operate within a culture of respect for each other, the children and families we serve, and other regional stakeholders. Family input and participation is respected as an integral component of each child’s development.
Our services are designed to help the whole child, including the balanced development of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and communication skills.
We commit to running sustainable programming, ensuring the highest level of services over the long term.
Each year, the Child Development Centre makes a difference in the lives of over 1100 children. We have worked diligently to maximize our services by ensuring optimal use of available resources. This focus was acknowledged in our last accreditation survey, where we received a rare acknowledgment from CARF for exemplary conformance to the standards:
The Child Development Centre has a long tradition of serving the needs of its community. The organization opened its doors in 1968 and since that time has steadily developed its programs and capacity to provide quality services for children with special needs. The Child Development Centre is highly respected and appreciated by the community and provides essential services to an under served rural population. Strategic planning and strategic use of resources allow the Child Development Centre to thrive in an ongoing fiscally challenging reality. (CARF 2009).
One of the ways that the CDC has elevated regional services is through enhancing collaborative practices. In 2009, the CDC and the Northern Health Authority’s Speech and Language Clinic merged their intakes including the use of a shared electronic client information system. This has streamlined the process that families need to undertake when they receive services from both agencies -- they only need to fill in one set of intake/consent forms when starting service. If there is a change in information, such as when a family moves or changes their phone number, the change also only needs to notify one agency of the change for the information to be updated for both agencies. With the parent's consent, the charted information on a child can also easily be shared. The use of shared observations improves the effectiveness of the work that both agencies are able to provide.
The CDC also regularly includes local paediatricians and other service providers in their case conferences. Again, the shared observations that are discussed in these meetings can provide tremendous benefits for the children.
Our vision for the future includes implementing of the Province’s first service network for children with special needs. This network would provide tremendous benefits to the region’s children and their parents, including the added benefit of simplified pathways to service; parents could access the services of several providers through a single referral. We envision this network offering service from a number of locations throughout the City, including the Hart, College Heights, and at least one additional location in Prince George. Although this is a daunting project, it holds the promise of substantial service enhancements. At least three service networks have been implemented to great effect in other regions of Canada, including the following two networks in Ontario:
Beyond Prince George, the CDC provides outreach services to Mackenzie, Valemount, and McBride -- locations where we have also developed excellent working relationships with local agencies. We are currently working toward developing an outreach video conferencing program in cooperation with the Northern Health Authority. The proposed program will include distance mentoring for developmental professionals, as well as enhancing our outreach services with additional distance services to children with special needs and their parents.