Success by 6
Success By 6 BC was a partnership of United Ways, Credit Unions of BC, the BC Government through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Aboriginal and community leaders which ended as of March 31, 2019.
The partnership was supported by a Provincial Manager and governed by the Early Childhood Development Provincial Partnership. The United Way of Northern BC acts as the managing partner for the Northwest Initiative.
Success By 6 builds community through engaging citizens in building child and family friendly communities and funding programs that include cultural programs and resources, literacy, nutrition, child care, children’s play, parenting and family skills development. It promotes awareness of the critical period of development in children’s lives from birth to 6 years. The initiative partners with other groups to strengthen linkages, providing information and support as well as seed money for small projects such as producing resource materials, hosting events and activities for families and their young children.
Regional coordinators and Aboriginal coordinators in 21 regions work with over 120 Early Years planning councils that support over 550 communities throughout BC.
Aboriginal ways of knowing and being have always placed children at the centre.
Success By 6 is proud to work in partnership with Aboriginal leaders, communities and service providers, both on and off reserve.
The Northwest Success By 6 Initiative has a dual focus of regional coordination for the Early Years and funding support for the communities we serve. One of our primary goals is to provide a network of information and resources for early year’s professionals and families in all communities in our large geographic area extending from Kitimat to Houston and north to the BC/Yukon border. We partner with Children First in the region to ensure that every community has access to support or funds to plan for and address their early year’s needs.
We organize provincially developed regional events such as Planning for the Seasons and Granny & Grampa trainings and provide travel and accommodation subsidy for professionals across the region. When communities organize workshops, we provide travel support so they can open the events to other communities in the region. When communities develop resources like the Early Childhood Development Wheel adapted by the Houston ECD Committee or the Getting Ready for Kindergarten poster developed by the Upper Skeena ECD Network, we share and customize to defray costs and spread good ideas for raising awareness.
Many of the communities in the region are remote and separated from each other by geographic distance and lack of public transportation. Some communities or related clusters of communities receive funding for Early Years coordination, others, often smaller and remote, access project funding for literacy activities, Parent-Child programs and outreach and awareness activities that respond to their unique community needs.
The Initiative recognizes and stresses the importance of early identification. Several communities host early year’s fairs or events such as:
•An annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Houston,
•The Family Health Fair in Stewart,
•Two annual Salmonberry Fairs which rotate from community to community in the Nisga'a territory,
•A Welcoming Baby ceremony in Kitamaat Village
•The Gitsegukla Toddler Fair and the “Let’s Play in Gitsenmix” Day.
The day’s events include health, parenting and early development information, developmental screening opportunities, cultural and developmentally appropriate activities and are the result of a variety of community partnerships.
Our regional Early Years team includes community Early Years Coordinators, regional representatives from Northern Health, Lead Partners from Northern Savings Credit Union, the United Way of Northern British Columbia, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Aboriginal representation as well as ad hoc members from education, recreation and local family serving agencies.