Accessible, affordable, high quality programs are good for children, families and the economy. Investment in programs and services for young children is the backbone of a prosperous and sustainable society: “Economic analysis shows us that every dollar spent in the early years returns more than $2 to the economy,” says Kerry McCuaig.

McCuaig, co-author of the Early Childhood Education Report, 2014, will be one of the speakers at a forum on Thursday, November 27 at the Songhees Health and Wellness Centre talking about Transforming the Patchwork of services for young children. Several experts will be sharing best practices and models from across Canada and BC, and considering how to improve the current service system to better meet the needs of families with young children.

Representatives from early childhood programs, school districts, municipal and regional government, business, the health sector, Aboriginal services, and funding organizations among others will gather to discuss how we can improve access, affordability, and quality, so that all young children in our region get the good start in life they need.

“Our current patchwork of services for families with young child is failing to meet the needs of today’s families – we need to find creative solutions,” says Colleen Hobson, Success By 6 Chair. “Parents are stretched for time, and coupled with added costs of child care and sometimes questionable quality, parents with young kids are struggling to get by. As a region, if we want communities that are strong and resilient, we need to ensure they are welcoming and liveable for families, which includes providing the services and supports that today’s families need.”

United Way Greater Victoria has been a partner with Success By 6 since its inception in 2004. “We are excited about this opportunity to work on a collective vision to ensure all families with young children have access to quality services when and where they need them. The early years lay the foundation for life, and giving young kids a good start is a great investment in our community,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way Greater Victoria.

The public is encouraged to attend the event. To purchase tickets to Transforming the Patchwork, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/transforming-the-patchwork-designing-services-that-work-for-todays-families-tickets-12391488275

For more information, please visit: successby6victoria.ca

  • Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
  • Time: 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Songhees Health and Wellness Centre, 1100 Admirals Rd, Victoria, BC
  • Cost: $35 at Eventbrite

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For more information, please contact:

Joanne MurrellSuccess by 6 ManagerPhone: 250-220-7386Email: successby6@uwgv.ca  

Background:

Success By 6, South Vancouver Island is a provincially funded initiative with the mandate to ensure that young children receive the positive early learning experiences they need to succeed throughout life. Success By 6 builds community through engaging citizens in building child and family-friendly neighbourhoods, and funding programs that include cultural resources, literacy, nutrition, child care, children’s play, parenting and family skills development.

Success By 6 BC is 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.