QUESNEL – Success By 6 is receiving a new investment of $3.4 million from the Ministry of Children and Family Development for early childhood development opportunities for young children throughout the province.
As announced at an event with community partners in Quesnel, the funding will go toward high-quality, community-based programs dedicated to providing children in B.C. with a good start in life. Funded programs include literacy, nutrition, children’s play, parenting skills development and cultural programs. The latest provincial investment comes from within the ministry’s existing fiscal plan.
From teaching children about the importance of good nutrition to creative and interactive play, Success By 6 supports programs that bring a world of wonder, fun, and learning to young children. The goal is to ensure children from birth to age six develop the emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills they need as they enter school.
Last year, Success By 6 provided funding for 646 different early childhood development projects in 400 B.C. communities with the support of an estimated 140 local community planning tables.
Success By 6 is supported by the Early Childhood Development Provincial Partnership between the ministry, the United Ways, Credit Unions of B.C. and recently joined by the Aboriginal Nations Education Division, which provides advice, support and guidance regarding Aboriginal community programs. In collaboration with local communities and Early Childhood Development professionals, the provincial partnership continues to build child-friendly communities and supports the healthy growth and development of young children and their families.
Mary McNeil, Minister of Children and Family Development said,
“Investing in our children is the most important investment we can make.
Success By 6 is a fantastic community-based partnership devoted to
encouraging young children to learn, play and grow – with their peers and
with their families. What a wonderful example of bringing out the best in
children and helping to inspire them to reach their full potential.”