Doras Buí, a parents alone resource centre, was founded in 1986 as part of the EU Second Programme to Combat Poverty. Formerly known as P.A.R.C (the Parents Alone Resource Centre), since 1990, all our activities are supported and funded through a combination of grants from Government Departments and statutory bodies, charitable foundations and donations from individuals. We were the first locally-based resource centre for lone parents and their children in Ireland. We have grown from a modest base in two maisonettes provided by Dublin City Council to a purpose built centre which was opened in 1992 by the then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson who became our patron in 2002.
In 1998, the centre was extended for the construction of a full time Early Years creche which provides 89 childcare places. We are implementing the High/Scope Early Years Curriculum, an approach to early learning developed in the US in the 1960s specifically for children living in situations of poverty and disadvantage. High/Scope fosters the characteristics of independence, problem solving and communication abilities which, together, can be described as life skills. This approach mirrors the model of work we have developed for working with lone parents.