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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


First 2000 Days & Beyond

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

Food Security

Promote access to nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods.

Prenatal/Maternal Nutrition

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.

Knowledge Transfer

Obtain and share reliable and evidenced-based nutrition information. Check Health Link BC, Health Canada or Dietitians in your Health Authority.

2020 Forum - The First 2000 Days and Beyond: Tipping the Scale

Below are the video presentations and a report on the breakout discussions from the First 2000 Days and Beyond: Tipping the Scale Forum held October 29 and November 5 in the community of Oceanside. 

Click here to download The First 2000 Day and Beyond Forum Report.

First 2000 Days and Beyond Community Education Series

Resources for Service Providers






Early Learning




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


Nutrition and Food Security


Protection from Trauma

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