Success By 6 on the Coast!

In 2009, we became a stand-alone initiative of Success By 6. In light of this shift, we have a new website. Please visit us there: www.coastsuccessby6.org

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Being Family Friendly…

LET’S MAKE IT EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS!

The Sunshine Coast Family Friendly Campaign:
https://ecdcoast.wordpress.com/family-friendly-toolkit/

For more information, whether you are a business owner or a customer, please contact:

Heather Evans Cullen
Family Friendly Campaign Coordinator
heatherevans@dccnet.com
604 989-2204

To have your FREE Family Friendly Toolkit delivered to you, with a brief consultation on the campaign (as well as your Family Friendly window decal), please contact:

Heather Evans Cullen
Family Friendly Campaign Coordinator
heatherevans@dccnet.com
604 989-2204

Statistics on Coast Children

Here are some stats that offer a snapshot of the Sunshine Coast’s Early Years community.

On the Sunshine Coast, as of 2008:

There were 1393 children ages 0 – 5 years.

Over the past decade, the child population ages 0 – 5 years has decreased by 21%.

22.7% of our community’s children measure as vulnerable in some aspect of their development. This compares to 40% on the Downtown Eastside.

13% of our families are headed by single parents (10% female, 3% male).

The average after-tax income for families on the Coast was $59, 567. On the Westside of Vancouver, it was $107, 430.

73% of parents with children under age six were employed. Most, if not all, of these families need some level of child care.

There were a total of 277  child care spaces. With almost 1400 children and 73% of parents working…well we can all do the math.

The Aboriginal population on the Coast is 5% of the overall population. This includes Sechelt Indian Band and other Aboriginal people.

This information comes from the VCH Early Childhood Profile, March 2009. Visit http://www.vch.ca/population/child.htm

2009 Success By 6 Grants Awarded

Sunshine Coast Success By 6® Grants

The Sunshine Coast Early Childhood Planning Table is very pleased to announce the awards of Success By 6® Grants to local projects that enhance our supports for families with young children.

There are great benefits to investing in early childhood development – benefits for society, for communities, for neighbourhoods, for families and for the young children themselves. Studies demonstrate that children flourish in communities where resources for families and children are available.

Annually, the Sunshine Coast Success By 6® Committee manages the process of grant disbursement of $50,000 to local early years groups and projects. This year, 18 applications for the Community Program/Family Friendly Grants were received. These applications totaled about $100K in grant requests. Each and every application was a worthy and commendable project; it was a challenge to spread the available funds as wisely as possible. A selection criteria matrix system was used to aid the Selection Committee in its decisions.

The Success By 6® Selection Committee made their final recommendations to the local ECD Planning table and the allocations were approved in June. Funded projects include pregnancy and postnatal support and outreach, cultural diversity initiatives, early years events, transportation for isolated families, and other family supports.

By supporting children and families, we can create a better community for all. On the Coast, 1,400 children are under six years old. They represent our future. The extent of early years resources and services on the Coast is growing, and the collaboration between providers, funders, educators and families continues to expand and strengthen.

Many thanks to the United Way Lower Mainland and to the Sunshine Coast Credit Union for collaborating in the funding of the Success by 6® grants.

For more information, please contact Sarah Pond, ECD Community Facilitator 604 740-7884 scecd@telus.net or visit us online at http://www.ecdcoast.wordpress.com or www.successby6bc.ca

Success By 6® Grants – 2009

Sunshine Coast Success By 6® Grants 2009

The Sunshine Coast Early Childhood Development Planning Table is inviting applications for grants from the Success By 6® funds.

The Success By 6® funds are divided into two streams, in order to best serve our early years community by helping to support successful established programs, as well as by encouraging the development of new projects.

The two streams, “Community Program Grants” and “Family Friendly Grants”, are described in detail and accessed below.

2009 is to be considered a trial year for this 2-Stream model.

*YOU MAY ONLY APPLY TO ONE OF THESE GRANT STREAMS. Select the one that matches your project best.


Stream #1

Community Program Grants

The purpose of the “COMMUNITY PROGRAM” Grant is to provide financial support for tried, tested and true programs and projects that benefit young children and their families on the Sunshine Coast.

The Community Program Grants are intended to go toward continuing the established, proven community programs. Such programs have successfully managed allocations historically and reported highly positive results and feedback from families. Outcomes demonstrate that the ECD Strategic Plan is supported and advanced by these programs.

Project applicants to this grant stream must state how the new funds will enhance, improve or build on existing success, AND how it fits local Strategic Plan priorities.

This year, a one year commitment will be made for “Community Program” grants. Should stated outcomes be met and reporting satisfactorily completed in 2009, a decision will be made in 2010 regarding a longer-term commitment of funds in this stream. A two or three year commitment for “Community Program” grant recipients will be considered. By committing funds for a 2 or 3 year period for these established projects, the intention would be to support their increased sustainability.

Grantees must meet eligibility requirements and selection criteria. Grantees will complete annual reports (due February 28, 2010).

We welcome collaborative proposals and strongly recommend partnering with others who could contribute to the impact of the program.

Guidelines and Application 2009
For Community Program Grants:

The Application Package (guidelines, criteria, instructions) for the 2009 Sunshine Coast Success By 6® Community Grant is available here. Click on both links below to get what you need. These links will take you to another page where you’ll need to click on the link AGAIN:

Guidelines, requirements and criteria:
community-program-grant-application-guidleines-09 1

Application Form:
application-form-community-program-grant-2009

Sunshine Coast ECD Strategic Plan 2009:
https://ecdcoast.wordpress.com/about-us/ecd-strat-plan-2009/

Alternately you may pick up a hard copy of this package at Community Services, 5683 Inlet Avenue in Sechelt (as of April 16).

Call Sarah Pond for if you need any assistance 604 740-7884


Stream #2

Family Friendly Grants

The “FAMILY FRIENDLY” Grant is a special funding program to encourage individuals, groups, and grassroots organizations to develop neighbourhood/community projects that will make our community a great place for families and children.

This grant program represents one-time small grants of up to $2000.

Successful “FAMILY FRIENDLY” projects would meet the eligibility/criteria , notably:

Is initiated by two or more Sunshine Coast residents
is grassroots in nature
Is less than three years old

Note: Full eligibility and criteria requirements are detailed in the 2009 Family Friendly Grant Guidelines and Application.

Grantees must meet eligibility requirements and selection criteria. Grantees will complete annual reports (Due February 28, 2010).

We welcome collaborative proposals and strongly recommend partnering with others who could contribute to the impact of the program.

Guidelines and Application 2009
For Family Friendly Grants:

The Application Package (guidelines, criteria, instructions) for the 2009 Sunshine Coast Success By 6® Family Friendly Grant is available here.
Click on both links below to get what you need. These links will take you to another page where you’ll need to click on the link AGAIN:

Guidelines, requirements, and criteria:
family-friendly-grant-application-guidleines-09 1

Application Form:
application-form-family-friendly-grant-2009

Sunshine Coast ECD Strategic Plan 2009:
https://ecdcoast.wordpress.com/about-us/ecd-strat-plan-2009/

Alternately you may pick up a hard copy of this package at Community Services, 5683 Inlet Avenue in Sechelt (as of April 16).

Call Sarah Pond for if you need any assistance 604 740-7884

IMPORTANT Information
for BOTH Community Program and Family Friendly
grant applications:

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on May 8, 2009.

Only applications that meet the eligibility requirements will be assessed by the Selection Committee.

Successful applicants will be required to report such information as may be required for monitoring of progress.

Awarded grants are meant to be allocated and spent by March 31, 1010.


Instructions!:

Submit your completed application by email to ecd@dccnet.com or deliver hard copy to Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, 5630 Inlet Ave, Box 1069 Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0.

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on May 8, 2009.

Applications to the fund must comprise:

  • completed Application Form
  • cover letter
  • any relevant supporting documentation.


For more information:

Sarah Pond, ECD Community Facilitator,
604 740-7884
ecd@dccnet.com


2009: a BIG year!

Happy New Year!

Lots of great stuff happening on the Coast for kids age 0 to 6 and their families. We’re soooo busy planning it all, we barely have time to post. Updates soon!

For now, here is a detailed listing of all early years resources on the Coast:

All Early Years resources on the Sunshine Coast
Compiled November 2008: Click here to view

Busy Times!

November and December are busy months for all of us. The Sunshine Coast ECD Planning Table has many projects underway that will bring us to the end of 2008 and through to the start of a fresh new year – 2009!

Here’s a brief list of goings-on:

  • Upcoming Postpartum Depression Training Day
  • Creation of a database of all local Early Years resources for publication with the final Understanding the early Years report
  • Reporting from all the Success by 6 grantees
  • The launch of a new three-year cycle of Success by 6 funding for community projects
  • Early Childhood Educator’s Community of Innovation project will bring funds to our community from ECEBC for building ECD capacity, fostering leadership and raising awareness about the importance of ECE work
  • Family Friendly Campaign
  • So much more….

Next time you’re in downtown Sechelt, check out our decorated tree for the winter holiday season.

Safe and joyful holidays to you!