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Why are the Early Years Important?

The Provincial Office of the Early Years has released great resources on the importance of the early years on a child’s development. Check them out below!

Why are the early years important to a child’s development?
Why are the early years a smart investment?
Why should we support vulnerable children?
Check out the Provincial Office of the Early Years website for videos!

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The East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment Report is now available! Please click here for more information!

October 19, 2015 Press Release

November 12, 2015 Press Release

The Elk Valley Child Care Barriers and Oppurtunities Survey Final Report is completed and available to the public. The survey report reflects a similar crisis in child care and early childhood education as in the East Kootenay Region with added unique challenges of shift work and rotating work schedules for many individuals working in the region.

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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Children First and Success By 6, in collaboration with the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment Advisory Committee, would like to celebrate child care providers, early childhood educators, early childhood educator assistants, support workers and other early years professionals!

We want to let East Kootenay communities know about all the hard work and great things you do for your communities! If you choose to participate, your picture, name, title and program information will appear in your local paper in 2016. This will bring awareness to the communities of all the wonderful early years programs available and celebrate you!

Please email your name, picture, title and program to Mary Noble, Children First and Success By 6 Regional Coordinator, at ekidsfirst@shaw.ca

Thank you!

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Welcome to the EKkids website

The best place to find information and support for children
0 – 6 years and their families in the East Kootenay region.

The broad range of information accessible on this site is developed through a partnership with  East Kootenay Children First, East Kootenay Success By 6 and Genex Marketing.


Early Years Coordinators from each of our East Kootenay communities continually update their community’s pages with the latest news, information and resources for easy access for parents.


What you will find on this website:

• Get answers to questions about the early years

• Get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families within their community

• Find the contact information to be able to talk to early years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community


We are here for all children up to six years of age and their parents and caregivers.

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• Early training and literacy programs for parents and their children;

• Programs to support parents and caregivers in all aspects of early childhood development, e.g. programs on nutrition and health;

• Information and training for new parents about pregnancy and parenting;

• Information about other early years programs in the community;


EKkids is dedicated to enriching family and community life by providing information on accessible social and educational programs, resources and services for parents/caregivers and their children (prenatal to six years).  We envision communities where children have a healthy start in life, are safe and secure, and have access to a range of learning activities to strengthen their readiness to learn.

The website is continually updated and we welcome feedback on any gaps, ideas for improvements and contributions. Users of the site can give feedback by emailing ekidsfirst@shaw.ca