Welcome! PLAY Victoria and Success By 6 have come together! We are working together to support children and families, helping ensure all young children and their families in our region have the supports they need to succeed throughout life.
In 2014 we hosted a forum, inviting all sectors involved in the early years to provide direction on how we can start to strengthen, enhance and integrate our existing early childhood services to make them work for today's families.
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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:
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 Societyreceived 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.
In 2015 Success By 6 South Vancouver Island and its Council of Partners were able to support 7 initiatives and 6 Early Years Tables in our communities:
- Pacific Centre Family Association received funding to relocate the young parents program to the new Neighbourhood Learning Centre. This will provide opportunities to enhance the integration of this service in the early years and education networks and actively introduce First Nation Elders into the program. This initiatve will also support the creation of understanding and agreement among partners to explicitly work together to serve young parents in the community.
- Pender Island Child Care Society received funding to develop an Early Years Navigator position. The Navigator will be responsible to implement a Community Needs and Resource Assessment survey and to share resource information with the community.
- Sooke Family Resource Society received funding to offer Cultural competency training for Early Years Practitioners in the Sooke, Westshore area as well as one training session at the Pacheedaht Nation.
- The Galiano Club received funding to acquire a facilitator to implement a community needs assessment which will support child care needs in the community.
- The Tsartlip Nation Head Start program received funding to develop a community garden space to bring together multi-age groups (infant/toddler/school age, parents, community elders), as well as a few households without garden space. Aboriginal ways of teaching, with Elders and children leanring together will provide unique opportunities for all ages to learn with and from each other.
- The Pacheedaht Nation received funding to install an outdoor play structure for their child care programs.
- Centre For Early Childhood Research and Policy (CERP) received funding for their Giving voice to Aboriginal Families: Articulating an Aboriginal Perspective on Raising Young Children and Building Awarenes and Partnerships initiative. This project will be based on understanding the values and beliefs of individuals working with or raising Aboriginal young children. It will provide a unique and important perspective to inform early childhood services and practice. It will also provide a culturally-sensitive, evidence-based conceptual framework for policy decisions.
While the program is still in its infancy, an Elder has been sharing her teachings which is influencing the day to day of the child care centre, as more partners move into the Neighbourhood Learning centre collaborations will deepen.
With deeper work it was realised that not all goals could be met right away, so conversations were held to choose which initiatives were important to complete right away, this took sometime but with the grant funding 100 brochures have been produced and there has been an increased capacity to assess the needs for families on the island.
Training sessions have been offered to 48 Early Years Practitioners working with Aboriginal and/or immigrant families, across sectors, and throughout Greater Victoria. A third training session will be offered to the Kwen'an'n Latel program on Pacheedaht First Nation in the New Year.
With the support from Success by 6, The Galiano Club and The Galiano Playgroup conducted a Community Childcare Needs Assessment. A consultant was hired to research options and survey the community, including through a public community consultation. The results were used to launch a project to open a childcare service in the community that is now underway. They are very hopeful that that project will be successful and that they are now on the road to having Galiano Island's first licensed childcare service!
The gardening program is flourishing and many community members have a growing interest in the idea of plant medicines for bolstering overall health and treating ill health. The Head Start, Child Care and Out of School Care programs have all participated in planting.
The structure has been installed allowing the Nation to be one step closer to offering the community, licensed fulltime child care, which will allow community members to work or train fulltime.
Over 100 individuals either raising or working with young children were interviewed. Three items have been developed and distributed from these interviews, including a video "Echoes of First Nations and Métis Values" which can be seen here: http://www.aboriginalearlyyears.ca/
Success By 6 Victoria also supported the following 6 community Early Years Tables with committee coordinating funds:
- Saanich/Victoria Early Years Table
- Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood
- Esquimalt Early Years Coalition
- The Aboriginal Early Years Table
- Gulf Island Early Years Table
- Sooke/Westshore Family and Early Childhood Resource Network
- Offered two professional training events to their local ECE community, as well as their annual resource, Children Count Fair and Books for Breakfast events for families.
- Success by 6 table coordination support in this year has contributed to the coordination of the table’s quarterly meetings, work on the table’s 3 year strategic plan, a review of their terms of reference, and weekly updates and communication linkage that the table Coordinator provides to the table members.