Strong Start centres on the move

Two of the school district’s early learning StrongStart centres will be moving to new locations over the summer

Jennifer Findlay, Early Learning Coordinator

Jennifer Findlay, Early Learning Coordinator

It’s now final.

Two of the school district’s early learning StrongStart centres will be moving to new locations over the summer.

The StrongStart program currently located at Salmon Arm West Elementary is being relocated to South Broadview Elementary.

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 district’s education and support centre, at 341 Shuswap St.

Early learning co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay explains this decision was reached after consulting with StrongStart families, early learning service providers, district staff and the Ministry of Education.

Several years ago the district created an Early Learning space at South Broadview in hopes funding for a new StrongStart program would become available, but that has not happened. The majority of the population of Salmon Arm resides ‘at the top of the hill’ where South Broadview school is located, so this move will create easier access to the program for many families.

“Although our hope was to have a program at both schools, the funding reality dictates that it is not possible at this time. We are looking forward to welcoming early learning families to the new program at South Broadview starting in the fall of 2015,” says Findlay.

Strong Start is a program designed for preschool children, their parents and caregivers to enhance early learning experiences prior to kindergarten.

All families of preschool children are welcome.

 

Salmon Arm Observer