Success By 6® 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, cognitive, and physical skills they need as they enter school. Each of our Success By 6 coordinators have written a short success stories to illustrate the impact of their work. Below is one of those stories.
100 Mile House
By, Sheila Glen
One of the main focuses for Success by 6 in the South Cariboo this past year was to increase the community’s capacity for the provision of early childhood events and activities through the implementation of collective awareness raising activities and coordinated early development undertakings.
We determined that there were many ways we could achieve this broad goal and it was decided that we would be the driving force behind the increased development of the Winter Carnival, having said that our community’s success story for 2011/12 is the Winter Carnival.
Success by 6 campaigned for Business Engagement and we had 36 businesses volunteering, donating and assisting throughout the event. This year we had 750 families with children attend. This event was strategically developed by Success by 6, MCF, CCRR and CFEC to engage hard to reach families, to promote physical activity and to increase social and emotional outcomes. In addition we intended to raise awareness about the critical importance of development between the prenatal period and six years of age while promoting the breadth of services available for free to families in the community.
We exceeded these objectives by offering indoor bounce units to focus on gross motor development, Magic shows, a clown, the Children’s Hula Dancers provided a show, face painting, the provision of free nutritional breaks and interactive children’s activities offer enriching social and emotional opportunities.
In addition CCPL donated over 500 books for each child to take home. The MCFD provided a bubble blowing station and we had live children’s music.
Central GM hosted the Tim Hortons hot chocolate and coffee station while the Lions Club donated half of the food for all participants. Safeway and Save-on Foods donated all of the apples and water and Regency Chrysler, Sunrise Ford and BC Hydro provided interactive children’s stations.
The Business engagement/participation exceeded our original plans and the local newspaper donated half of the advertising costs and many community participants were calling us before the event to ask how they could help! The synergy and community awareness that this event has created is exciting as we have now been approached by Sunrise Ford to partner with them to provide a community fundraising event. This partnership was requested by Sunrise Ford due to our proven professionalism and ability to “pull off” such a successful community event. The Manager also informed us if there is anything we ever need that we could call on Ford. Many families and businesses congratulated us on the amazing large-scale event.
The most exciting part for me was watching the children having so much fun running from station to station while their parents were able to connect with and socialize with other parents because their children were in a safe enriching environment.