Child & Family Development

Aboriginal Engagement Initiative

Success by 6, South Vancouver Island has identified Aboriginal Engagement as one of its top priorities as we recognize the importance of establishing relationships and cross cultural understanding to support young children in our community. The Council of Partners has identified three strategies to support this engagement which include: support to the Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Network, Aboriginal Community Projects, and Leadership Dialogue.

Example of a Parent Survey

An example Parent Survey document from Powell River. Click the first link to view this comprehensive parent survey administered in Powell River and click the second link to view the follow up questionnaire which will be circulated to parents in the coming month. These surveys provide an excellent example of data that can be collected to ensure community needs are being addressed at Early Years planning tables.

Community Summary - Early Development Instrument (EDI)

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) collaborates with academic, government, school, and community partners to gather data and report on child well-being in British Columbia. In 1999, HELP began collecting and mapping population level child development data province-wide using the Early Development Instrument (EDI). The EDI data provide communities and policy makers with the information they need to monitor children’s development, and to develop effective program and policy responses that will help B.C.’s children and families thrive.

Wave 5 (2011/12 - 2012/13)

Young Mothers Project

In South Vancouver Island the areas of WestShore, Sooke and Port Renfrew continue to grow in population, particularly with young families. One specific group that presents with unique social service and education needs is that of adolescent and young women who are pregnant and parenting, and their partners and families.

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