About Us Our Impact Campaign Home Give News Get Involved


State of the Child Report

November 2015 - The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnerships (GNEYP) have produced the State of the Child Report on children from newborn to six years old to build awareness of the importance of the early years and to encourage all to take action when and where they can. This report highlights how our young children in the Nanaimo region are doing.

Read the 2015 State of the Child Report here

Read the 2013 State of the Child Report here

Campbell River 
The 2014 State of the Child Report aims to bring greater awareness of the importance of the early years and to encourage all to take action.

Read the 2014 State of the Child Report here


What is Success By 6 (SB6)?

United Way works with other lead funders including Coastal Community Credit Union and the  Ministry of Children and Family Development to manage the Success By 6 programs in Central and Northern Vancouver Island.

SB6 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 and cognitive, physical skills they need as they enter school. The program builds and enhances community through engaging citizens in early childhood development and funding programs that strengthen services for young children and their families.

Success By 6 Coordinators are located in Cowichan, Central Island, Comox Valley, Campbell River and Mt Waddington.

Success By 6 Guiding Principles:


Inclusive and diverse



For more information on Success By 6 visit their website.

Success By 6 Coordinators

Julie Rushton - Regional Manager - Early Years Initiatives (SB6)
Email: rsb6@uwcnvi.ca
Phone: 250.735.2345

Julie is responsible for SB6 in Cowichan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni and the West Coast. She has an extensive background in early childhood endeavours, working with Huuayaht First Nations, Alberni Children First, Island Health and AV Child Care Connections. She has also spent many years working as a child care consultant for PacificCARE. 


Cheryl Jordan - Campbell River 
Email: crsuccessby6@gmail.com 
Phone: 250.202.0307

Cheryl has been the Success By 6 and Children First Coordinator in Campbell River since May 2008. Before working as an early years community coordinator, Cheryl taught elementary school. She sees children as the heart of a community, and it takes a community to raise a child. 


Laura - Cowichan Valley 

Phone: 250-230-8777
Email: cowichansuccessby6@shaw.ca

Success By 6 Programs 

Mount Waddington

Wild Heart Music Program (Port McNeill, Sointula, Port Alice and Alert Bay)

Tools for the Mind - Namgis First Nation 

Fun Fairs - Family Literacy Society (Port Hardy and Port McNeil)

Prenatal Support Group - Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre 

Literacy Bus - Family Literacy Society

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program and Promising Babies Food Security Project - North Island Communnity Services Society 

Early Literacy and Language in Infancy and Toddlerhood Program - North Island Crisis Centre Society 

Amlilas Playground - Namgis First Nation 

Healthy Meals and Traditional Language Program - Ehattesaht First Nation 


Campbell River

Friday Family Gym - City of Campbell River 

Family Support Program - Cortes Community Health Association 

Early Literacy Program (Children's Health Fair and Children's Charter) - Campbell River Childcare Society 

Love to Learn Project - Gold River Literacy Society 

Parent Educational Support Program - Quadra Children's Centre 

Family Exploration and Play Program - Sayward Elementary 

National Aboriginal Day 

Traditional Teaching Day 

Holistic Mini Wellness Fair and Traditional Parenting Workshops - Laichwiltach Family Life Society 

Family and Culture Program - Homalco First Nation Band 

Wordless Books - WeWaikai Nation (Language and Culture) 

Language and Culture Program - Kwantwasi Preschool 

Supporting our Preschoolers Program - Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nations 


Comox Valley

Early Years Aboriginal Program - Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry (Comox Valley) 

HOP with me Summer Picnic - Comox Valley Family Services Association 

Waiting for the Bus Literacy Outreach Program and Books for Babies Program - Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association 

Mother Goose Program - Comox Valley Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society 

Story Walk through the Black Creek Community Centre Nature Trail - Black Creek Community Association 


West Coast Coastal Family Resource Coalition

Three Aboriginal Capacity Building Events

Here We Come Early Developmental Screening - Ahousaht 

Workshops/Meetings - Early Years Working Group 

Parenting Workshops 

Speaker Series 

Annual Phone Book Directory 

AECD Coordination 


Alberni Children First Network  

Parents as Literacy Supporters Program  

Develop and share ECD research based on family action cards 

Sharing ECD research in the community conference 

Alberni Children First Network Website 



Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus 


Ladysmith Early Years Partnership 

Development of Ladysmith State of the Child Report 

Family Resource Directory 

Family and ECD services community events 


Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership

Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership Website 

Rack cards for parents 

Mother Goose Program 

State of the Child Report 

Family Magazine 

ECD planning events 


Subscribe to our Mailing List

Stay Connected

website hosting and webs design in Nanaimo