Early Childhood Development


Serving the needs of our youngest members

The goal of the SSHS Early Child Development Program (ECD) is to increase the overall health of Southern Stl’atl’imx children from birth to age six. Currently, the main focus of ECD is the delivery of drop-in playgroups that offer structured early childhood development programs.

The ECD Program believes that St̓át̓imc language and culture development must be the basis of all programs and services available to Southern Stl’atl’imx children. The program’s services work to strengthen the capacity of each SSHS community to enable the delivery of a full-range of services with an emphasis on early childhood development. By increasing awareness and access to a wide-range of culturally appropriate programs and services for First Nations children, families, and communities, the ECD Program addresses all aspects health and well-being of the children of SSHS member communities.

The SSHS, with the support of Xax'sta Nation, established an ECD Hub at the new Tipella Daycare Centre in 2016.


ECD services

  • Playgroups
  • Speech and Language Pathology services
  • Occupational Therapist assessments for early intervention
  • Culturally appropriate programs
  • Family support and education

Early Childhood Development Team

  • Sarah Carrobourg
    Sarah Carrobourg
    A/ECD Coordinator
  • Jeanne Leeson
    Jeanne Leeson
    ECD Coordinator
Sarah Carrobourg
A/ECD Coordinator

Acting Early Childhood Development Coordinator Sarah Corrobourg joined SSHS in the spring of 2016. As the ECD coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating services for the program, managing all staff and contracts, and sourcing additional funding for the program. Prior to taking on this role with SSHS, Sarah gained extensive experience working with children and women in Nunavut as the the executive director of Aakuluk Daycare in Iqaluit, a crisis intake worker with the YWCA and a correctional officer with the Nunavut Women's Correctional Centre.

Jeanne Leeson
ECD Coordinator

Jeanne Cameron Leeson, the Early Childhood Development (ECE) and Family Program Coordinator for SSHS received her ECE training in Nova Scotia and Alberta. As a child, she fell in love with BC on a gamily trip from Nova Scotia, moving here  in 2003. Her extensive and varied experience in the ECE field allows Jeanne with the skills to work with children and families to develop programs and services that are responsive, inclusive and respectful.  Since first coming to the territories in 2010m, Jeanne has witnessed tremendous growth of, and support for ,ECD services and is excited about the future of iits programs.

When not in the Southern Stl’atl’imx she resides in Squamish with her husband, two daughters and their dog, Banjo.


Jeanne is currently on leave from the SSHS.