Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership
About the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership
The Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership is built on the knowledge that early child development sets the foundation for young children to grow to their fullest potential. We work to build a coordinated, effective, and inclusive community-driven system for the early years.
Our role is to raise awareness about the importance of the early years and leverage resources and partnerships to increase the collaboration of Early Years services.
Our vision is that “The Central Okanagan is the best community possible for all young children and their families.”
Suxkenxitelx kl cecamala (Aboriginal Early Years Table)
The Partnership began in 1999 with facilitator Gene Krupa looking to bring the community partners together around issues facing young children. In 2004 the name Community Action Toward Children’s Health (CATCH) was chosen and our first Terms of Reference was created. In 2008 The province of BC initiated Success By 6, a partnership of United Ways, Credit Unions of BC, the BC Government through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Aboriginal and community leaders. After both groups had been working together for many years, we began the process of formally combining our resources and becoming the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership (COEYP) on April 1, 2017. In spring of 2019, financial support from the Province was redirected from Early Years Community Coordination to Early Years Director Program Services, and the Partnership lost its funding to employ the Community Coordinators. After 25 years of funded coordinated services, the community agencies in the Partnership, held a celebration to honor the work of the Community Coordinators. Following the celebration, the Partnership agreed to come together monthly facilitated by Childhood Connections – Okanagan Family & Childcare Society to discuss early years supports, programs, services, collaboration and networking opportunities. Although no longer funded to provide formal coordination, the Partnership continues as a community table of like-minded agencies gathering together to ensure that the Central Okanagan is the best place for families to raise their children.