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