Success By 6 South Vancouver Island

 

Welcome!  Success By 6, South Vancouver Island is working together with the local early years' community to support children and families, helping to ensure all young children and their families in our region have the supports they need to succeed throughout life.

Using research our community council has developed a strategic plan that identifies priority areas of focus to work on collaboratively and how we can start to strengthen, enhance and integrate our existing early childhood services to make them work for today's families. In addition to providing funds for local early years programs and projects, our local councils carries out a wide range of activities and research. Our communities, families and children our unique and so are the activities and priorities we support and offer to them.

Announcements:

Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winners!

  1. Winner of Butterfly Gardens pass (thank you Butterfly Gardens) & $50 restaurant gift certificate: Niki Roberts

  2. Winner of a day at the movies: Vivian Williams

  3. Winner of a gift certificate to City Center Park: Christine Norman

Early Years Professional Development Online Portal! Check out the new online tool, earlyyearsbc.ca. This tool has been developed to support awareness and promotion of training opportunities for early years professionals. This is a pilot project sponsored by The Provincial Office for the Early Years in collaboration with BCcampus. The aim of this project is to support early years professionals with an online environment that centralizes the promotion of training opportunities across all service systems of the early years sector. 

  •   Click here to view the Success By 6 webinar which provides an introduction to how the site works and highlights key features.

Literacy Resources This link is to a new Literacy Resources Booklet produced by Jan Dupuis, Literacy Outreach Coordinator and the Victoria Literacy Task Group.

https://southislandliteracy.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/literacy-booklet-final-small.pdf

A small number of print copies will become available soon. If you would like a few copies for your office please contact Jan at jmdupuis@shaw.ca.

United for BC Wildfire Recovery. As wildfires continue to ravage communities across B.C., United Way is mobilizing efforts through United for BC Wildfire Recovery. They are working with the Red Cross, local municipalities, regional districts and Emergency Operations Centres on coordinated efforts. A fundraising campaign has been launched to raise funds for important social needs like finding permanent housing, food assistance, trauma and mental health supports, and rebuilding the capacity of social service agencies. Funds raised through this initiative will stay in BC to support the greatest needs of affected communities. People can make a donation or sign up to volunteer for recovery efforts at www.unitedforbcwildfires.ca. Please help spread the word. Together we can rebuild.

 

Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: Cross-continuum Approach to Research and Practice Conference – March 1-2 2018 Richmond, BC. Hosted by Perinatal Services BC, this conference is for health care professionals invested in the care of pregnant/postpartum women and their infants through the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. Registration is now open – click here for further information. The call for abstracts has been extended and the new deadline is September 15th 2017! Click here for further information on the call for abstracts.

 

 Tamarack Institute’s Community Change Institute – Cities of the Future: Co-Creating Tomorrow – September 25-29 2017 Vancouver, BC. This conference will bring leading thinkers together with community change-makers to explore the critical role citizens, organizations and government play in co-creating the future of cities. Click here for further information and registration. 

 

Help Your Child Succeed With Free Money For Their Education Start your child’s higher education savings today!!!

Now all B.C. kids born in 2006 or later can get the provincial B.C. Training & Education Savings Grant at age 6, 7 or 8. Over 250,000 kids in B.C. also may be able to access money for their post-secondary education savings through the federal government’s Canada Learning Bond. Yes, it’s FREE MONEY for families to get savings started, even when they have no money of their own to contribute. You only need to set up an Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account to apply for and receive the money. Without an RESP, kids miss out on the federal and provincial education savings incentives they are entitled to receive from the government. http://www.uwlm.ca/smartsaver-uwbc/ Nominations

 

In 2016 Success By 6 South Vancouver Island and its Council of Partners were able to support 10 initiatives and 6 Early Years Tables in our Communities:

  • Burnside Gorge Community Association received funding to offer Love 2 Learn Family Literacy Train the Trainer opportunities to approximately 30 frontline staff and 3 pilot Love 2 Learn Programs in Neighbourhood Houses.
  • The Esquimalt Nation received funding for an Early Childhood Educator to provide child minding for their parent support programs.
  • Tseycum First Nation received funding to develop a Head Start Healthy Families Project. This is a holistic program for Tseycum families that will incorporate Traditional Tseycum Values and Teachings. Activities will include: gardening, cooking, budgeting, exercise and relaxation, grounding and spiritual practices, as well as nutrition and health teachings.
  • Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood(PCEC) received funding to complete a State of the Child Report Project;Inspiring Actions on the Saanich Peninsula. The result of this project will be a comprehensive report highlighting existing data related to factors that affect the healthy development of young children on the Saanich Peninsula.
  • XaXe STELITKEL Daycare located at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre received funding for the installation of a diverse and fully equipped outside playground area for their new child care programs.
  • Pender Island Child Care Society received funding for their Parent and Babes Drop In program which aims to bring caregivers and children together in a safe, nurturing and enriching environment where educational toys and resources are provided.
  • James Bay Community Project- Family Centre received funding for their Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. PCMG is a safe, inclusive, welcoming group experience for parents and babies which focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, stories and songs together. A trained facilitator and one volunteer will deliver the program and an Infant Development Consultant from the Early Intervention Program at Queen Alexandra will be available throughout the program so those families needed extra support have the opportunity to self-refer if they wish.
  • The Hulitan Family and Community Services' Journeys of the Heart Program received funding to purchase a van for transporting clients to and from the Journeys of the Heart Program. The vehicle will be utilized to increase access and remove the barrier of transportation for families to increase regular attendance to the program.
  • Island Métis Family and Community Services Society received funding for two projects; Advancing Cultural Resources and Showcasing Indigenous Early Years practices. The first project will investigate and develop promotional and distribution models for Cultural resources to assist local Indigenous organizations in reaching the children and families they are intended to serve. The second project supports the cultural, health and education needs of Indigenous young children by offering the first of many events to showcase the expertise and experience in providing culturally appropriate early childhood programs and resources on South Vancouver Island.
  • 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society received funding for Solution-Focused Parent Coaching: A Pilot Study. This program will offer flexible, solution-focused, strength-based, one to one support for parents who are facing issues that may be inappropriate to deal with in a group session. This program will support parent and child attachment.