Programs & Services
If you would like more information on dates, times, and how to register for a group program, please contact us at (250) 992-2481.
The Quesnel & District Child Development Centre hosts the following group programs:
Our programs offer a variety of services designed to answer questions families might have about pregnancy, about how their child is developing, about promoting healthy development, and about providing enriched learning opportunities for babies, young children, and youth with extra support needs.
Pregnancy Outreach Program
Provides individual and group services as well as educational information to promote healthy pregnancies. Staff assists families with strategies to promote nutritional health, early access to prenatal care, counseling, and information regarding issues that affect prenatal health and caring for babies after birth.
Infant Development Program
Provides individual home and center-based services for infants and toddlers who have been identified as at risk for a developmental delay, are showing a delay in one or more skill areas, or who have a diagnosed disability. Group enrichment activities are also available.
Supported Child Development Program
Provides services that make it possible for children and youth with special needs to attend and be included in community-based childcare programs. Consultants and support workers work collaboratively with childcare providers to facilitate participation with peers as well as attending to individual needs.
Provides the specialized assessments and interventions required by children who present with specific needs in activities of daily living such as self-care and play (occupational therapy), movement (physiotherapy), and communication and feeding (speech-language pathology). Early intervention services are available for children from birth to school entry, and school-age consultation services are available for children and youth with identified special needs attending public, private, and home-school settings.
Indigenous Infant Development Program (IIDP)
The Indigenous Infant Development Program (IIDP) is a culturally safe and supportive program designed to help families with their child’s development. Services include one to one support for parents and /or caregivers in the comfort of their home, at the CDC or a comfortable community setting. Staff can provide education and assessments at the request of the family/caregiver; information concerning a baby’s typical development; play therapy tools; referrals and assistance to ensure inclusion in community activities.
Indigenous Supported Child Development (ISCD) Program
The ISCD Program is a culturally sensitive and supportive program that provides extra support to children and caregivers in childcare settings. The ISCD program is offered in relationship with the caregivers of the child, understanding that the family of the child is the leading expert. Staff work in partnership with families and/ or caregivers and childcare staff to plan for the child and ensure children have enriching, culturally safe and inclusive experiences in childcare settings. The ISCD Program aims to promote growth and development in children who are diagnosed with a specific disability or demonstrate significant delays in development and behavioural challenges. The primary purpose of the ISCD Program is to facilitate the inclusion of the child in a daycare, preschool, or after-school child-care setting.
Early Years and Inclusion Program
Staff of the Early Years and Inclusion Program will provide culturally safe, family centred services in partnership with parents and/or caregivers. We, at Q&DCDC acknowledge the importance of creating an inclusive program experience for all participants, understanding that it takes a community to raise a child. Services include advocacy & support, system navigation, early learning opportunities, workshops, group work and special events, promoting community belonging, and supporting Indigenous culture, language revitalization, and facilitating cultural connections.
Family Navigator Program
The Family Navigator Program is designed to assist and support families who are clients at the CDC to access other local, regional, and provincial services, resources, and benefits for themselves as well as for their children/youth. Staff will help in developing a network of culturally appropriate supports to ensure inclusion in a meaningful way in all aspects of family and community life. The Family Navigator provides outreach, advocacy, home visits, assistance with forms and group programming.
Referrals are accepted from anyone, including self-referrals, and our programs and services are provided at no cost.