Our Mission: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.
Vision:Developing potential, exploring possibilities
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.
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:
- The Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York
- Children and Youth Treatment Network for Eastern 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.