Children First is a coalition of over 50 community and public agencies who are committed to working together with families to improve the health, well-being and learning potential of young children during the first six years of life. This initiative is based on research which clearly shows that “those children who experience good health, loving care, positive relationships, and play-based, language enriched learning opportunities prior to school entry are at a distinct advantage and have increased chances of lifelong success” (City of Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy, 2007).
Children First has worked diligently since 2003 to promote the critical importance of the early years for healthy long term outcomes for children. They also work toward creating an integrated system of effective services and supports for young children and their families at the community level.
The work and strategic plan of Children First is based on the Early Childhood Theory of Change. Click here to view the Early Childhood Theory of Change.
To see minutes from previous Children First Meetings, click here.
Children First meets on a bi-monthly basis. Any community member, agency or organization with an interest in early child development issues is welcome to be a part of this committee. Some of the Children First members currently involved include: