Strides Made in Improving Campbell River Children's Readiness

Campbell Riverities expected to die sooner, face higher unemployment rates.

In the midst of those sobering statistics, Dr. Charmaine Enns, medical health officer for Island Health, shares that there are, however, some positives. Strides have been made in improving Campbell River children's readiness to learn when they enter school for the first time, thanks to the efforts of groups such as Success By 6 and other stakeholders who work with children.

"Enns reported that strides have been made in improving Campbell River children's readiness to learn when they enter school for the first time. Enns reported previously to Campbell River city council that in 2013, one in three Campbell River children was not developmentally ready to learn. She also revealed that 22.8 per cent of Campbell River children under the age of six were living in poverty and considered vulnerable.

Enns said things have since turned around, thanks to the efforts of groups such as Success by 6 and other stakeholders who work with children.

"Child development is a good news story for Campbell River," Enns said. "The folks who do early childhood education in this area have put in a lot of effort to this and we're now seeing less children vulnerable in the area."

In the Campbell River area, 28 per cent of children are vulnerable on one or more scales of early childhood development such as physical and emotional health and language skills. That's less than the provincial average of 32.2 per cent."

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