CFK

What is Communities for Kids?

Communities for Kids (CFK) is a non-profit coalition of parents, professionals and community members working together to support  positive early childhood development for all children up to age 6.  We are one of many Children First initiatives in B.C.

In the South Okanagan-Similkameen, Communities for Kids works in partnership with Success by 6 to achieve a shared vision, mission, and goals.

Communities for Kids/Success by 6 facilitates knowledge sharing, communication, and collaboration among parents, professionals and community members for the benefit of young children and their families.

Our region spans from Summerland south to Osoyoos and west to Princeton, and includes four First Nations and 11 distinct communities.

Vision

Every Child Thrives

Mission

To engage families and communities in children’s healthy early development.

Goals

  • Increase awareness of early childhood development
  • Facilitate the development of a comprehensive system of early childhood development services
  • Enhance family connections
  • Meaningful Aboriginal Engagement

How are we organized?

Communities for Kids/Success by 6 works at the regional and community level. The Steering Committee governs our regional work. Community Tables inform our community work. There are Community Tables in, KeremeosOkanagan FallsOliverOsoyoosPenticton, Princeton and Summerland.

The Steering Committee sets the direction and provides the leadership and resources to support CFK’s goals, and supports the Community Tables. The Community Tables identify the needs of young children and families in their community, and identify ways to meet those needs. Community Tables are open to anyone in the community interested in early childhood development.

Regional projects include the Annual Parenting Conference providing learning opportunities on relevant topics for parents, families, service and care providers. The Regional ASQ Project uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire as a tool to check of the development of all two and three year old children in our communities.

Why is positive early childhood development important?

THE MOST CRITICAL PERIOD OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IS FROM CONCEPTION TO AGE SIX

  • From birth to age 6, a child’s brain grows and matures very quickly
  • The quality of a child’s life during this time affects their learning, behaviour and health through to childhood
  • All children should have the best possible start in life