Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society

Early Childhood Development Program

Committed to giving children the best start in life
SSHS’s Early Childhood Development Program (ECD) ensures that SSHS’s youngest members get a great start in life and is based on the belief that ECD is the foundation for life-long learning.

ECD provides a wide range of services to help create positive educational and social outcomes for Stl’atl’imx children ages 0-6. This engages children so that they carry forth the enthusiasm, self-esteem, and initiative to learn in the future.

ECD offers a variety of family supports, early childhood education opportunities and early intervention services that nurture healthy childhood development. By delivering culturally appropriate programs and services for First Nations children, families, and communities, ECD addresses all aspects of the health and wellbeing of the children of N’Quatqua, Skatin, Samahquam and Xa’xtsa.

Early Childhood Development Services

ECD programs and services are grounded in language and cultural development for Stl’atl’imx children. The program focuses on providing a learning environment, and varied experiences, that contribute to the child’s physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social development.

Current services include:

  • Family Playgroups
  • Workshops for parents and caregivers
  • Land-based learning
  • Cultural experiences and teachings
  • Learning Ucwalmícwts, the Stl’atl’imx traditional language
  • Early childhood interventions
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language pathology
  • Pediatric occupational therapy
  • Behavioural services
  • Other workshops and supports as needed
Contact Us
Early Childhood Development Program


Jesokah Peart
ECD Coordinator