Feelings First

September 21st 2021

SD8 promotes support campaign for Early Learners and their caregivers

SD8 – Kootenay Lake works closely with families and partners throughout the Kootenay region to identify how they can best support early years services and supports for children 0-5 years. “These rapidly changing times have increased our need to support our youngest learners and their caregivers,” said Javier Plasencia, SD8 Schools Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator.

Early years services can help connect families to the services they need, provide them with effective social supports and networks, and ultimately support the wellness of both a child and family.

This fall, the district is supporting the Feelings First campaign, an initiative of the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance (Child Health BC) which is designed to spread awareness and spark conversation around Social and Emotional Development.

Social and Emotional Development (SED) is a critical component to the healthy development of young children – impacting how we process emotions, achieve goals, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions in our lives.

The early months and years of a child’s life are an extraordinary opportunity for caregivers to have a positive impact on the long-term social and emotional health of a child. Actions don’t have to be elaborate; your voice, your touch, reading to baby, and playing are all part of the process.  – Feelings First

Teachers, parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow along this fall for weekly messages and video about topics that include:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Parent-Child connections & Relationship building
  • Language and Communication
  • Stress Management
  • Encouraging & Modelling positive behaviours

Follow along weekly at or on social media at

For more information:

Naomi Ross, District Principal Innovative Learning Services

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.