The Comox Valley Early Years Collaborative is inviting all parents and primary caregivers of children ages 6 and under to share their experiences by completing an online survey. Photo supplied

Online survey addresses challenges of raising children in the Comox Valley

What’s working? What needs improvement?

Submitted to The Record

Parents and primary caregivers across the Comox Valley will soon have the opportunity to help influence the kinds of childhood supports and resources available in the Valley.

The Comox Valley Early Years Collaborative (CVEYC) is a network of more than 40 individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives and opportunities of children. In 2019, the CVEYC launched a community-driven project called Building Connections for Valley Families to connect and engage with residents, and ultimately support and improve early childhood outcomes for children within the community. Through the generous support of the Comox Valley Community Foundation, the CVEYC is working to expand the Building Connections project from its initial focus on North Courtenay to encompass the entire Comox Valley.

The goal of the Building Connections project is to gather information from families with children ages six and under about their experiences raising children in the Comox Valley. The CVEYC hopes to learn what supports and resources families regularly access, what barriers they experience in accessing supports, and any other ideas they may have to share to better understand what is working well, and where there may be room for improving opportunities for families and children.

The CVEYC is inviting all parents and primary caregivers of children ages six and under to share their experiences by completing the following online survey, which closes on Nov. 1. Those who complete the survey will be eligible to win one of three gift cards, valued at $50 each. Those who complete the survey by Friday, Oct. 16 will also be eligible for one of two additional early bird gift cards, valued at $25 each. All information gained from the survey will remain confidential. To complete the survey go to https://bit.ly/36wQHla

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