A Community Conversation about

Child and Family Poverty

The role of Early Years Tables is to bring together key stakeholders for a conversation to discuss the unique needs and experiences of young children and families affected by poverty in the Central Okanagan.  The Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership Strategic Plan includes the strategic priority to Increase Awareness of Child Poverty and its Effects. 
In collaboration with all interested community sectors,  we are prepared to focus on the unique needs and experiences of young children and families affected by poverty in the Central Okanagan by facilitating a community driven child and family poverty reduction strategy.

The next steps for our community will be determined by the outcomes from this conversation with  interested stakeholders. This will be a community-driven process based on key stakeholder input, available community resources, and opportunities. Steps could be looking at how we can influence development of a poverty reduction plan for BC and what we can do collectively about poverty in our local community.

Additional Resources:

November 17 and 18th

National Child Day with Craig Alexander

Craig makes the case that greater access to high-quality and affordable early childhood education is an important tool to reduce income inequality and poverty in Canada and B.C. for everyone. While, Canadians have invested in quality education for children starting at age 5, research shows that human development begins well before age 5.

September 19th

Central Okanagan Child and Family Poverty Reduction Committee initial meeting

Facilitator Kerri Wall

June 13th, 2017 

Towards a Child and Family Poverty Reduction Strategy Event

Resources:

April 27th, 2017

Provincial Election - All Candidates Forum

CATCH, Success By 6 and CFUW ( Canadian Federation of University Women) partnered to host this forum at Hollywood Road Education Services. The themes were Child and Family Poverty and Aging Out of Foster Care (CFUW).

November 15th, 2016

National Child Day Nov 15th, 2016 was an event to celebrate National Child Day with a facilitated planning session with Mark Holmgren on Child and Family Poverty Reduction in the Central Okanagan.  At this event we asked for community commitment to this process and identifying next steps for our community.

National Child Day Summary document

Guest Speaker: Mark Holmgren "Ending Poverty in my Community" - Mark Holmgren shared his experience and perspectives about how to effectively address poverty through local leadership and collaborative actions across sectors. we learned about how other local communities have led the way and achieved significant progress to reduce poverty and how collective impact approaches to community change can make a difference. Mark also shared some key trends and data around poverty and its impact.


Mark Holmgren is a Senior Director at Tamarack Institute and heads up Vibrant Communities Canada, a network of 55 cities, towns, and regions across Canada engaged in local efforts to reduce or end poverty in their communities.

Goals of November 15th, 2016: 

  • Participants will review key trends and data around poverty and its impact 
  • Participants understand the role of all stakeholders in local poverty reduction
  • Participants will receive information about other communities work in the area of poverty reduction
  • To seek commitment from stakeholders to contribute as we move forward 
  • Encourage participants to support the movement to urge the 
  • Provincial Government to adopt a Poverty Reduction Plan 
  • Identify next steps
Handouts available on November 15th were:

June 6th, 2016

CATCH, Success By 6 and Aboriginal CATCH hosted a conversation on June 6, 2016 focusing on influencing policy to benefit the early years.  Inspired by guest speakers Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator of First Call - BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Trish Garner, Community Organiser of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition at our April 19th Early Years Network Gathering.

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-179238-945-.htm#179238

April 19th, 2016

On April 19th, 2016 CATCH, Success By 6 and Aboriginal CATCH held an event focusing on influencing policy to benefit the early years.  We hosted guest speakers Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator of First Call - BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Trish Garner, Community Organiser of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.  BC is the only province without a poverty reduction plan at this time.  We know how poverty impacts children's development, come explore how we can influence a poverty reduction plan for BC and focus on what we can collectively do about poverty in our local community.

  • Power Point presentation from First Call's Adrienne Montani on April 19, 2016

  • Power Point presentation from Poverty Reduction Plan for BC' Trish Garner on April 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016 Early Years Spring Network Gathering Event resources
  • Show your support by adding your name to the open letter calling for a legislated BC poverty reduction plan.

Pictures of the flip charts generated by the poverty conversation on June 6th, 2016:

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