Child Care Connection: Finding the Right Fit
CCPRN hosts monthly meetings across the City of Ottawa to connect parents looking for daycare with caregivers providing care in their homes.
What can you expect when attending a Child Care Connection meeting?
CCPRN has volunteer facilitators who begin each meeting by talking a bit about our organization and the kind of resources we offer. Then they gather each attendees contact information to add to our database. The information is kept on file for 3 months and allows parents and caregivers who attend future meetings to broaden their search. The data can only be accessed at the meetings.
Our meeting facilitators ask everyone in attendance to introduce themselves and to give a brief explanation of what they are seeking. Parents looking for care might share their child’s age, the hours and date that they require care to begin. Caregivers can use this opportunity to discuss their hours of operation, years of experience and the dates their daycare space(s) become available.
There is time at the end of each meeting for the attendees to mingle and discuss their individual needs. Our Child Care Connection meetings are intended to be informal gatherings for parents and caregivers to meet, exchange information and decide whether they would like to proceed with a more formal interview. At that point, parents can tour the caregiver’s home, discuss policies and contracts etc.
If you have business cards, bring them along! Pen and paper is also recommended for recording contact information from the database from previous months.
Our next meetings are starting up this week!
Barrhaven & Surrounding Area meets at Loblaws Upstairs, 3201 Greenbank Rd on the first Monday of the month, from 7-8pm.
Gloucester East, Beacon Hill and Area meets at Loblaws Upstairs, 1980 Ogilvie Rd on the first Tuesday of the month, from 7-8pm.
Ottawa West meets at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, 1365 Richmond Rd on the first Wednesday of the month, from 7-8pm.
Ottawa Centre meets at the Ottawa Public Library (Sunnyside Branch), 1049 Bank St on the second Monday of the month, from 7-8pm.
Kanata meets at the Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre, 180 Katimavik Rd on the second Monday of the month, from 7-8pm.
Ottawa South meets at the Ontario Early Years Centre, 2330 Don Reid Dr on the second Wednesday of the month, from 6:45-7:45pm.
Orleans/Cumberland Area meets at the Ontario Early Years Centre, 240 Centrum Blvd, Suite 105 on the second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30-7:30pm.
Stittsville meets at the Brown’s Independent, 1251 Stittsville Main on the second Thursday of the month, from 7-8pm.
* Please note that the dates may change from time to time so be sure to check our calendar of events at www.ccprn.com for your next Child Care Connection Meeting. Also, there are no meetings in July or December.
We hope to see you there!