kids' & youth Programs

To participate in programs: Just visit Pinecrest Terrace Community House to fill out a family membership form and any related program registration forms. 


Unless otherwise indicated, all programs and services are aimed at serving tenants of the Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhood of Pinecrest Terrace and families from the surrounding area who use our food bank services.  

To learn more about what is offered, please contact the Community House directly at 613-596-6703

Kids' club

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This is an after-school program for children from Grades 1-5 which runs weeknights during the school year. The program includes indoor and outdoor activities, snacks, as well as homework help. Children will be walked home after programs. This program is free and is normally available from September until June. Childrens' summer programs are offered in July and August (check in with the Community House for details).  

*This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program is offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and its free.

make it club

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This program is currently aimed at children (grades 3-5). The activities offered in this program focus on fun ways of learning science and technology. Activities involve building simple robotics, coding, creating catapults, working with circuits and kitchen chemistry (to name just a few).


*This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.

elf reading program

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The Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF) is an English literacy development program offered to children in grades 1 to 5. Through this weekly program, children receive personalized help with reading and writing. We strive for a ratio of 1 adult for every 1 to 2 children to ensure the lessons are specialized to the child's skill level and learning needs. 


*This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program is offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and its free.

snac-e-snac

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This program is offered once or twice per week throughout the school year. Children stop by the Community House to pick up a brown bag of snacks to take with them to school the next day. Snacks include apples, carrots, yogurt, apple sauce, granola snack and when funding is available, sandwiches too.  


*This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program is offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and its free.

i love to programs

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Throughout the year, the Community House partners with the "I Love to" Programs to offer sports programs. These include soccer, skating, swimming and dance programs. Programs are seasonal. What is offered may vary from year to year. These programs often end with a big tournament, a special event or a public performance.    


*This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program is offered to children who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and for families who use our food bank services and is free.

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United Sisters

United Sisters is an early intervention program for Ottawa girls aged 10 to 15.  The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunities for young girls to develop the skills to be confident, independent, and active members of their communities. Attendees take part in a wide range of fun activities, including arts and crafts, games, movies, cooking, workshops and special outings. Activities change from week to week to keep things fresh and exciting, and it’s a great way to make friends and share amazing experiences. Girls interested in giving United Sisters a look can come to any session, and there’s no registration or commitment required.


*This program is dependent on grant funding and will be offered whenever funding is available. This program offered to girls who live in the Community of Pinecrest Terrace and girls who have families who use our food bank services. The program is free.

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Youth Art Project

This program is offered very occasionally when funding is available. It was offered in the Spring of 2019 for youth in grades 6-12. High School volunteer hours can be earned for participating in this program. The project was led by a professional artist on Friday evenings. No experience is required. There is no cost for this program, all supplies are provided. 


*This program will be on hold as of the Spring of 2019 and will be offered again if funding becomes available. 

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High School Volunteer Hours

Throughout the year, we have opportunities for high school students to do volunteer work to receive credit for the volunteer hours (required for high school graduation). If you are interested in this or have any questions, please feel free to call the Community House at 613-596-6703.