EARLY YEARS INITIATIVE

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What is the Early Years Initiative?

Together, the Success by Six and Children First Programs make up the Early Years Initiative. We combined Children First with Success by Six in Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie, and the Robson Valley communities. We also serve Success by Six in the communities of Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof and Fort St. James, and work collaboratively with the Children First Contractor at the Smithers CDC. Join us for the Early Years Wellness fair on June 9th, 2018 contact Lori or Sandra, 250-561-1040.

Children First Initiative

Children First Initiative is a province-wide program established and funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to create community based, integrated and comprehensive approaches to foster the healthy development of children up to 6 years old. Although MCF does not deliver services directly to children and families, we work to improve the services and programs in our community. We do this by bringing together a coalition of service providers and community members interested in early childhood development.

Children First Initiative works to:

  • Increase community capacity
  • Increase service delivery effectiveness
  • Engage “hard to reach” families
  • Increase opportunities for early identification and screening
  • Allocate initiative funds to support service priorities identified through community planning
  • Improve outcomes for children and families

SUCCESS By 6®

SUCCESS By 6® is an early childhood development (ECD) initiative in over 300 communities in North America.

It is a community based partnership of individuals and organizations that share a common vision – that:

  1. Children are ready to succeed when they enter school.
  2. Results oriented – Success By 6® is rooted in the belief that a community working together towards a common vision can generate an effective plan to improve results for children.
  3. Focused on prevention.

No two SUCCESS By 6® initiatives are exactly alike; however the goals in BC are:

  1. To build community capacity to support an accessible, comprehensive range of early childhood development services for children (0-6) and their families.
  2. To mobilize and leverage resources towards an accessible, comprehensive range of early childhood development services for children (0-6) and their families.
  3. To raise awareness of the importance of the early years and increase public support of early childhood development as a community priority.

Most SUCCESS By 6® initiatives are governed by a cross-sectoral Council of Partners.

Regions/Communities will:

Develop a Council of Partners at the regional/sub-regional or community level involving Lead Partners (United Ways, Credit Unions, MCFD) and other “champions for children” (early childhood development service providers, representatives from business, labour, government, education, health, social services, and others).

Conduct (or build upon) community research on ECD services and gaps;

Develop an ECD strategy, which includes plans for:

  • Service delivery
  • Public awareness
  • Fundraising
  • Funding allocation
  • Service evaluation and accountability

Regional/Community Councils of Partners will:

  • Confirm SUCCESS By 6® priorities
  • Allocate SUCCESS By 6® funds according to identified priorities and criteria
  • Implement a public awareness plan to advance ECD as a community priority
  • Implement a fundraising plan to support the identified SUCCESS By 6® priorities

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North Region

Roberta Squire – Northern BC Managing Partner
Tel: (250) 561-1040

North Central

(Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie, Valemount and McBride)

Sandra Sasaki BGS, BCTC – Early Years NC Regional Manager
sandras@unitedwaynbc.ca
Tel: (250) 561-1040

Early Years Coordinators

Lori Ann Armstrong – Early Years NC Regional Coordinator
loria@unitedwaynbc.ca
Tel: (250) 561-1040

Darcy Dennis – Early Years NC Regional Indigenous Coordinator
darcyd@unitedwaynbc.ca
Tel: (250) 561-1040

Lead Partners

  • United Way of Northern British Columbia
  • Integris Credit Union
  • Spruce Credit Union
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development

North Peace/Northern Rockies

(Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Taylor and Hudson’s Hope)

Success By 6 Coordinators

Heather McBryan – North Peace Regional Manager
Tel: (250) 261-6278
ecdfsj@gmail.com

Lorraine Gerwing
Tel: (250) 774-3882
lgerwing@theedge.ca
(Fort Nelson)

Connie Greyeyes
Tel: (250) 793-1468
conngrey@telus.net
(Aboriginal Engagement)

Lead Partners

  • United Way of Northern British Columbia
  • North Peace Savings & Credit Union
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development

South Peace

(Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge)

Success By 6 Coordinator

Johanna Martens – South Peace Regional Coordinator
250-467-0901
johanna.sb6@gmail.com

Lead Partners

  • United Way of Northern British Columbia
  • Lakeview Credit Union
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development

North West – Terrace/Kitimat

(Terrace, Kitimat, Houston, Stikine, Hazeltons and Smithers)

Terrace Make Children First Network

Sasa Loggins
Tel: (250) 635-6530
info@terracechildren.org

Lead Partners

  • United Way of Northern British Columbia
  • Northern Savings Credit Union
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development
  • Bulkley Valley Credit Union

North West – Prince Rupert

Success By 6 Coordinators

Kate Toye
Tel: (250) 622-9458
prsuccessby6@gmail.com

Lead Partners

  • United Way of Northern British Columbia
  • Northern Savings Credit Union
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development

Haida Gwaii

(Masset, Queen Charlotte Village, Port Clements and Sandspit)

Caitlin Blewett
Tel: (250) 637-1559
Sb6haidagwaii@gmail.com

Lead Partners

  • United Way of Northern British Columbia
  • Northern Savings Credit Union
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development