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. The result of that dialogue is below.
In 2015 Success By 6 Victoria and its Council of Partners were able to support 7 initiatives and 7 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.
Success By 6 Victoria also supported the following 7 community Early Years Tables with committee coordinating funds:
- The Early Learning and Care Network
- 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