State of the Child Report
November 2015 - The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnerships (GNEYP) have produced the State of the Child Report on children from newborn to six years old to build awareness of the importance of the early years and to encourage all to take action when and where they can. This report highlights how our young children in the Nanaimo region are doing.
Read the 2015 State of the Child Report here
Read the 2013 State of the Child Report here
The 2014 State of the Child Report aims to bring greater awareness of the importance of the early years and to encourage all to take action.
Read the 2014 State of the Child Report here
What is Success By 6 (SB6)?
United Way works with other lead funders including Coastal Community Credit Union and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to manage the Success By 6 programs in Central and Northern Vancouver Island.
SB6 is an early childhood development initiative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life. It helps to ensure that children ages 0 to 6 develop the emotional, social and cognitive, physical skills they need as they enter school. The program builds and enhances community through engaging citizens in early childhood development and funding programs that strengthen services for young children and their families.
Success By 6 Coordinators are located in Cowichan, Central Island, Comox Valley, Campbell River and Mt Waddington.
Success By 6 Guiding Principles:
Inclusive and diverse
For more information on Success By 6 vist their website.
Success By 6 Coordinators
Julie Rushton - Regional Manager - Early Years Initiatives (SB6)
Julie is responsible for SB6 in Cowichan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni and the West Coast. She has an extensive background in early childhood endeavours, working with Huuayaht First Nations, Alberni Children First, Island Health and AV Child Care Connections. She has also spent many years working as a child care consultant for PacificCARE.
Cheryl Jordan - Campbell River
Cheryl has been the Success By 6 and Children First Coordinator in Campbell River since May 2008. Before working as an early years community coordinator, Cheryl taught elementary school. She sees children as the heart of a community, and it takes a community to raise a child.
Lynn Joseph - Comox Valley
Joseph has been a Family Literacy Outreach coordinator and private consultant in the Aboriginal community since 2010 when she retired from the Comox Valley School District as the District Principal of Aboriginal Education. Her focus on, and passions for, both early childhood development and community engagement provide Joseph with the right combination to lead Success by 6 in the region. As a single mother and a grandmother, she believes in giving back and in supporting processes for the whole community to come together to raise each child in a welcoming, safe environment.
Stephanie Nelson - Mt. Waddington
Stephanie is from the Kwakwaka'wakw nations and was raised in the Mt. Waddington region. She graduated from Port Hardy Secondary School in 1996 and then pursued her education at Malaspina University in Nanaimo and Camosun College in Victoria. For the past 11 years she has worked in various capacities within the School District No.85 First Nations Programs such as the Secretary, Support Worker at Eke Me-Xi, Eagle View and Fort Rupert Elementary Schools. She strives towards language and culture revitalization efforts, to increase children's community wellness and success through a holistic approach.
Laura - Cowichan Valley
Success By 6 Programs
Wild Heart Music Program (Port McNeill, Sointula, Port Alice and Alert Bay)
Tools for the Mind - Namgis First Nation
Fun Fairs - Family Literacy Society (Port Hardy and Port McNeil)
Prenatal Support Group - Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre
Literacy Bus - Family Literacy Society
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program and Promising Babies Food Security Project - North Island Communnity Services Society
Early Literacy and Language in Infancy and Toddlerhood Program - North Island Crisis Centre Society
Amlilas Playground - Namgis First Nation
Healthy Meals and Traditional Language Program - Ehattesaht First Nation
Friday Family Gym - City of Campbell River
Family Support Program - Cortes Community Health Association
Early Literacy Program (Children's Health Fair and Children's Charter) - Campbell River Childcare Society
Love to Learn Project - Gold River Literacy Society
Parent Educational Support Program - Quadra Children's Centre
Family Exploration and Play Program - Sayward Elementary
National Aboriginal Day
Traditional Teaching Day
Holistic Mini Wellness Fair and Traditional Parenting Workshops - Laichwiltach Family Life Society
Family and Culture Program - Homalco First Nation Band
Wordless Books - WeWaikai Nation (Language and Culture)
Language and Culture Program - Kwantwasi Preschool
Supporting our Preschoolers Program - Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nations
Early Years Aboriginal Program - Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry (Comox Valley)
HOP with me Summer Picnic - Comox Valley Family Services Association
Waiting for the Bus Literacy Outreach Program and Books for Babies Program - Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association
Mother Goose Program - Comox Valley Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society
Story Walk through the Black Creek Community Centre Nature Trail - Black Creek Community Association
West Coast Coastal Family Resource Coalition
Three Aboriginal Capacity Building Events
Here We Come Early Developmental Screening - Ahousaht
Workshops/Meetings - Early Years Working Group
Annual Phone Book Directory
Alberni Children First Network
Parents as Literacy Supporters Program
Develop and share ECD research based on family action cards
Sharing ECD research in the community conference
Alberni Children First Network Website
Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus
Ladysmith Early Years Partnership
Development of Ladysmith State of the Child Report
Family Resource Directory
Family and ECD services community events
Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership
Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership Website
Rack cards for parents
Mother Goose Program
State of the Child Report
ECD planning events