First 2000 Days and Beyond
First 2000 Days and Beyond
The First 2000 Days and Beyond is an Oceanside collaborative started in 2019, following a community convening which focused on food security and mental health. The long term impacts required to make an impact on upstream social determinants of health and move the needle on child wellness, requires a more collect impact approach to make a systems level change at the population level. The working groups together with Island Health developed the Nourishing the First 2000 Days initiative which is supported by the Child Wellness Action Group (Oceanside Health & Wellness Network), Building Learning Together Early Years Table, Local Action Team (LAT), and the Oceanside Community Response Committee (OCRC).
Questions? Want to be a part of the collaborative? Call 250-739-1755 or email info.ohwn [at] gmail.com.
A Call to Action for Service Providers
For a bigger collective impact, we invest in multi-sectoral partnerships and reflect on our internal programs and services to address three major predictors of healthy brain development in early childhood; 1. proper nutrition, 2. opportunities for early learning and 3. protection from trauma.
Priority Areas for Action: Three Components of Nurturing Care
- Support Nutrition
Promote access to nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods.
Support maternal nutrition during pregnancy and in early childhood.
Support breastfeeding and create supportive environments for families.
Children & Youth
Promote nutritious foods where they live, learn work and play.
Obtain and share reliable and evidenced-based nutrition information. Check Health Link BC, Health Canada or Dietitians in your Health Authority.
- Promote Early Learning
Stimulation & Play
Increase opportunities for play to promote the child's well-being
Serve & Return Interactions
Promote simple responsive interactions that help build new neural connections.
Support the formation of healthy attachments by encouraging consistent and age-appropriate parent-child interactions.
Encourage parent engagement to promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships for social and emotional development and skill building (language, executive function).
Obtain and share reliable and evidenced-based information. Check with your local Early Years Network, School District, Childcare, Health Authority.
- Ensure Protection
Protection from Toxic Stree
Facilitate supportive parent-child relationships. Encourage activities that build executive function skills and self-regulation.
Protection of Mothers
Ask, listen and support. Offer resources to mothers who need extra support.
Accumulate Positive Experiences
Encourage positive experiences that promote resiliency and encourage growth from positive/manageable stressors.
Apply this approach to recognize the symptoms of trauma and acknowledge the role trauma has played in the client’s life.
Obtain and share reliable and evidenced-based information. Check with Child Youth Mental Health, Local Action Team or Health Authority.
Resources for Service Providers
- Healthy Eating: Nutrition for Resources for Infants and Children
- Island Food Hubs (food security)
- Canada’s Food Guide
- Healthy Eating (child & youth)
- 5 Steps to Serve and Return
- Executive Function Activities
- Age Appropriate Strategies for Parents and Caregivers
- Early Development Instrument Results for School District 69
- Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma
- Trauma and Children- Tips for Parents
- Trauma-informed Care
- Brain Story Certification Course
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Selected Web Resources
This web page serves as our collaborative communication tool for the First 2000 Days & Beyond project. Please email us any additional resources to be added here.
Early Learning Resources
- Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body
- Working Paper: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined
Nutrition and Food Security
- Food Security Action Guide
- Where Does Canada Stand? The Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being 2019 Baseline Report
Protection from Trauma
- Local Action Team of Oceanside - Terms of Reference
- The Harvard Centre - resources on Adverse Childhood Experiences - Excellent teaching on positive interventions and supporting healthy childhood development.
- Article on ACEs in the BC Medical Journal
- Alberta Family Wellness - offers an excellent free training series 'The Brain Story'
- BC Collaborative - offers information and resources on ACEs and trauma informed care - Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative, a partnership of Doctors of BC and the BC Government.
- The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress
- Building Self-Healing Communities - Understanding N.E.A.R
- Child Mental Health: Is Poverty the Diagnosis
- What is ACES?
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Different than Trauma
- ACE Self-healing Poster
- The Long and Winding Road: From Neuroscience to Policy, Program, Practice
- Ted Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime