The Child Development Centre of Prince George and District helps children overcome unique challenges. At this critical stage in their development, we can offer specialized services that lead to greater independence and more freedom to determine their own future. These services are provided at no cost, funded under an operating grant from the Government of British Columbia, supplemented by donations, gifts and sponsorships. A network of professionals, parents, volunteers and supporters contributes to every success we achieve. We are a community of caring individuals and organizations, and we invite you to join us. If you need our help, please reach out. If you would like to help, please contact us. Together, we can change children’s lives, and enrich our own.
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Parents can refer their child to the Centre themselves, and anyone can refer a child with the consent of the parent or legal guardian. Click on the link above for more information.
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Volunteers, donors and sponsors make everyday miracles possible. Click on the link above to learn all the ways you can join our community of caring.
a standard of excellence
Our services and organization are regularly evaluated by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The Commission ensures that facilities such as ours meet international quality standards and maintain a commitment to continuous improvement.
Acknowledgement to the Lheidli T'Enneh First Nation
The Child Development Centre is located on the unceded, and ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nations colonially known as Prince George. To acknowledge this traditional territory is to recognize the Indigenous peoples whose practices and spiritualties are tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship the territory. The name “Lheidli” means “The People from the Confluence of the River” in the Carrier language, referring to where the Nechako River meets the Fraser River and their traditional territory.
Within our practice we strive to seek understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action to reduce the legacy of violence and cultural erasure from the Canadian Residential Schools system.
In addition to acknowledging territory, also acknowledging the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which affirms, the “fundamental importance of the right to self-determination of all peoples, by virtue of which they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”.
Reconciliation is about atonement. It’s about making amends. It’s about apology. It’s about recognizing responsibility. It’s about accounting for what has gone on. But ultimately, it’s about commitment to maintaining that mutually respectful relationship throughout, recognizing that, even when you establish it, there will be challenges to it. – Murray Sinclair
We would like to recognize the government agencies & community organizations that have supported the Child Development Centre.
50 years of service to children and families
Kind Words From Our CDC Families
We needed guidance and help for some challenging behaviour issues happening with our youngest child. I emailed the CDC and from there, the CDC completely wrapped us in support from parenting classes, to preschool support for our child, to weekly check ins—it was the first time we felt heard about the behaviour issues we were experiencing. Through the parenting classes, we were incredibly supported, and hearing stories of other parents experiences with challenging behaviour left us feeling so heard, validated, and not so alone. Our child’s behaviour has taken a complete 100 degree change from what it was. There is respect and peace in our home again. We have a toolbox of parenting strategies for anything that comes our way. Our children are getting along, and we no longer feel frustrated and overwhelmed. We just wanted to send a note of appreciation, from the bottoms of our hearts.
I feel very lucky that CDC accepted our daughter early and that we have a care aide. Without this she would not have been able to go to school.
The CDC’s staff are amazing and are invaluable to my son’s development!
Everyone at the CDC is so supportive and you can tell everyone loves their job. Thanks everyone!
Our years with the CDC for both our daughters have been an exceptionally positive experience for our whole family.
A public health nurse referred us to the Child Development Centre. At first, we were apprehensive as to what was happening to our child. Our fears were soon laid to rest, as we found the therapists and staff to be supportive and encouraging. Never was anyone judgemental or unfriendly in any way. Every resource available was made accessible to our child and everyone worked as a team to help her. They have been with us through the hard times, and celebrated each and every accomplishment along the way. We will be leaving the CDC this year as our daughter enters Kindergarten. We are sad to be going, but are grateful for the support and encouragement of the last four years. The wealth of knowledge we received from everyone at the CDC has built a great foundation for us to continue building upon. We will treasure the memories forever.
In a time of absolute frustration The CDC was there for me to provide understanding, information, caring thoughts and ideas. For my son it has brought him a whole new world. It has opened his eyes to the things around him. Our lives have been changed dramatically. I can’t thank all the wonderful teachers and staff for their kindness and consideration. Without them, we, as a family, would be lost.
The CDC is a place to build self esteem & self confidence in children. An organization that works closely one on one with special needs children. It is a place where parents can depend on support from staff & other parents (maybe with similar needs). I have personal experiences with watching the tremendous development in children who have been involved with the CDC. Way to Go!