Children need good start in school, council hears

  • Jan. 20, 2006 9:00 a.m.

A delegate from a children’s advocacy group made a presentation to the Queen Charlotte council on Jan. 16.
Success by Six is an early childhood development initiative dedicated to ensuring all children have a good start in life. Co-ordinator Heidi Bevington told councillors that one in four children in BC are not ready socially, emotionally and academically when they enter kindergarten.
Her program, which is a partnership of the United Way, the Credit Unions of BC and the provincial government, aims to improve this situation.
Ms Bevington asked council to consider ways they could get involved in the future.
She and a north island coordinator hope to gather 15 to 20 people island-wide to become members of a council of partners. This volunteer group will work toward identifying ways to improve success for young children on the islands.
She asked councillors to think about participating in this initiative and to consider creating a child and youth committee once council has settled in.
Above all, she asked that people be aware Success by Six is out there.

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