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:

PHOTO CONTEST

Success By 6, South Vancouver Island invites you to submit photos for our 2018 Early Childhood Development Calendar! Now through July 9th!

Whether you are a novice or professional photographer, parent to be or a caregiver of the cutest kids around, send us your photos!

We are looking for a variety of photos that showcase you and your children enjoying life in Southern Vancouver Island! We want photos that show children: playing (inside and outside), celebrating, singing, eating, learning, connecting to others, being talked to, being read to, being included, being encouraged and enjoying life! Photos must include at least one child 6 or under or a mother to be and must be from South Vancouver Island.

Submissions give you an entry into our prize draw (one submission per family), thanks to Butterfly Gardens, one winner can enjoy a FUN ONE DAY PASS to Butterfly Gardens (Bearer and up to 4 guests) and a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant, second prize is a family movie day (for 2 adults and 2 children) and the third prize winner will enjoy a day at City Center Park (Gift Certificate for Playzone and/or Mini Golf).

For full contest details and guidelines please go to:

http://successby6victoria.ca/?q=point-click-shoot-win

To submit photos go to:

http://successby6victoria.ca/?q=photo-contest-submissions-release-and-consent-form

 

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.