Early Years

Stars for Success

It’s never too early to build success

Stars for Success is a program that provides funding for families that need help to enroll their children (up to their 6th birthday) in recreation, art, sport and early learning programs. Families need to apply for the funding, which is paid directly to the service provider. Families are asked to provide a sponsor who will verify that they meet the criteria of having a total household gross income of less than $38,000 per year. Funding to support the program comes from the Success by 6 initiative and from donations.

Our goal is to continue offering assistance to families in need, in a fair and equitable manner, without having to turn away applicants. The maximum amount per child is $100 per calendar year. We will continue to seek donations to replenish the fund, and look forward to helping West Kootenay families.

Stars for Success is a program that directs community fundraised dollars to assist young children to attend early childhood, early learning, arts or recreation programs that their families would not normally be able to afford.

The goal is to increase young children’s community connectedness to help them build skills so they will develop a solid foundation for future learning.

Please consider making a donation either individually or as a workplace.  (A charitable receipt will be issued for the full amount).

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply?

Stars for Success is for families that need financial help to enroll their children in a program. Families with a total gross income of less than $38,000 per year may apply.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for up to $100 per child each calendar year. (January – December)

How old must my child be?

We will sponsor children up to their 6th birthday.

What types of programs will you sponsor?

We will sponsor recreation programs like swimming, gymnastics, dancing, arts and music programs, and CCRR Toy Library membership fees.  We will only sponsor one program at a time per child.

How do I apply?

Many local children’s programs, recreation centres, family centres, have application forms. Or you can download an application on the website.  Mail, email or fax in  your completed form.

When should I apply?

You should apply before you enroll your child in a program. We will not sponsor a child after they have completed a program. If you want to make sure your child gets in to a popular program, you can enroll your child and tell the program that you will be applying for Stars for Success. We cannot guarantee you will be approved, so please apply early.

How long does it take to get approval?

Please allow up to two weeks from when we receive your application. We will contact you to let you know you have been approved.

Who gets the money?

The money is paid directly to the program and/or organization. We do not reimburse fees to parents.

What is a Sponsor?

A sponsor is someone who knows your family who can confirm that you need financial support so your child can attend the program you choose.

Who can be a sponsor?

A sponsor must be someone who works with families. It can be a preschool or child care educator, school principal or teacher, doctor or public health nurse, counsellor, family resource staff, etc. The most important thing is that the sponsor knows you and can attest to your financial need.

Who cannot be a sponsor?

A sponsor cannot be someone who works for or is connected to the program you wish to send your child to. A sponsor cannot be related to you or be a close friend or neighbour.

Apply for Stars for Success

Click here  to download a printable copy of the application form. You can either fax, email or mail the completed form back to us.


Please return completed applications to:

Stars for Success

125 Hall St.
Nelson BC V1L 7B4

Fax: 250-352-6712


For more information contact:


1.866.551.KIDS (5437)