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Early Years Avenues of Change: Guildford West

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Early year’s education has been demonstrated in best practice research to be a critical intervention period. From a public safety standpoint, reaching children and families at the earliest opportunity helps to build a durable relationship within communities which contributes to increased capacity for growth and pro-social engagement.

Through the funding support from United Way, the Avenues of Change (AoC) initiative is in its fifth year of a five year funding cycle.  The initiative continues to evolve and year five of the project focuses on the United Way Play Box initiative and an Indigenous Early Years Strategy. AoC serves to be a deeply collaborative, place-based initiative focused on enhancing children’s wellbeing and reducing chronic childhood vulnerability.

This program is a tested and successful way of delivering place-based service and support for families. It is a collaboration of the City, Fraser Health, Ministry of Children and Families, Surrey School District, Surrey Libraries, United Way of the Lower Mainland, and community agencies. It addresses the root causes of Guildford West’s early childhood vulnerability. Working through a network structure, initiative partners promote the wellbeing of young children and families with a focus on shared resources, measurement and learning.

Online mapping of community based early year’s resources helps parents to connect effectively with available support services and demonstrates commitment to community engagement. As well, direct support for children and parents in the most formative years improves public safety by strengthening protective factors and ultimately improving outcomes for children and families. The program is strongly evidence-based with tracking of a variety of metrics for program outcomes and proactive surveys of parents to target services at the areas of greatest need.

In the program, children and their families will:

  • learn about mental health wellness and stress reduction tools,
  • meet with other parents to share experiences and resources,
  • attend early literacy activities, and
  • receive early childhood and family check-ins to make sure kids are meeting developmental milestones.

If you do not live in Guildford West, check out Recreation Surrey for early learning programs in your neighbourhood.

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How we'll measure success

  • Family Preschool Subsidies Provided
  • Playbox Registrations

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