Tenth Anniversary of early childhood development partnership: Success By 6

Teresa Erickson, Success by 6 Program Coordinator

Research has shown that the first six years of life lays the foundation for a person’s life. A unique provincial partnership that bases its work on this principle is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. Success by Six helps to ensure that children ages zero to six develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills they need as they enter school.

This groundbreaking partnership, bringing together the public, the not for profit and the business sectors came together with a vision that it takes a whole community to support families with children under six years of age. Communities understand the needs of their young families and are best positioned to respond to those needs.

Here in Tumbler Ridge, Success By Six funds the Alpha Bits Crawl playgroup, the annual Children’s Health Fair, the Baby Welcome Party, the Mother Goose on the Loose program, the Early Learning Resource Program, as well as training for the Early Childhood Educator’s in our community.

In British Columbia,Success By 6 was born on May 21, 2003 when the United Way of the Lower Mainland, The Savings and Credit Unions of BC (now known as Central 1 Credit Union) and the BC Government through the Ministry of Children and Family Development signed on to the Early Childhood Development Provincial Partnership.

Over the past ten years,Success By Six has built a network of Early Years community coalitions across BC that involve local credit unions, local United Ways and government representatives along with many diverse stakeholders including parents, grandparents, educators, health professionals, local governments, Aboriginal leaders, children’s librarians, recreation coordinators and many more. Collectively they plan how their community’s children can best be supported.

Today Success by Six is a network of over 120 Early Childhood Coalitions in BC that support over 550 communities. 1,700 people are involved on these coalitions and an additional 1,500 volunteers take part in supporting their work.

For more information visit our website at www.successby6bc.ca.