The StrongStart program is an exciting place to be for early learners! Seen above is just some of the action at the StrongStart program at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm.
Ribbon cutting . . .
Children of various ages took part in the ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the school district's new District Education Support Centre (DESC), located on 341 Shuswap St., SW in Salmon Arm. The ribbon cutting followed a traditional Aboriginal cedar ceremony led by Ralph McBryan (seen in middle of photo). An Open House, for staff and the public, is being planned for late September when the building should be totally finished.
The school district's StrongStart program for early learners (newborns to age 5) is up and running with two of the programs in different locations.
The StrongStart currently located at the Downtown Activity Centre in Salmon Arm will be moving a few hundred metres to a new home in the School Districtâ€™s Education and Support Centre, at 341 Shuswap Street.
The StrongStart currently located at Salmon Arm West Elementary is being relocated to South Broadview Elementary.
StrongStart is a free school-based program that provides play-based early learning opportunities for children (0 to 5 years old) and their parents or caregivers.
Our full-time StrongStart programs run five days a week for three hours a day at the following locations: District Education Support Centre (Salmon Arm), South Broadview Elementary (Salmon Arm), MV Beattie Elementary (Enderby), Highland Park Elementary (Armstrong), and Parkview Elementary (Sicamous). Families are welcome to drop in for all or just part of the program on any day the program is running.
The StrongStart Outreach schedule will be Mondays at Carlin, Tuesdays at Sorrento, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Falkland and Thursdays at North Shuswap. Please check the SD#83 website under Early Learners for program start dates.
For more information about StrongStart or other early learning programs please look for Early Learners under the drop down menu for Parents and Students on this website or call co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay at 250 833 2095. Click here for poster!
Office Hours. . .
The school district office, which is now called the District Education Support Centre (DESC), located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm (please note new location) is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
If you have educational questions or concerns please contact the School District office at 250 832 2157.
Our Mission is to engage all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity and the pursuit of personal success.
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