Strong Start

StrongStart BC early learning programs provide school-based early learning services for adults and their young children, aged birth to five, at no cost to families.  Both children and adults can benefit from StrongStart BC early learning programs – children have access to high-quality learning environments and benefit from social interactions while the adults who accompany them learn new ways to support learning, both at the program and at home.

Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities, including stories, music and art to help children get ready for success in kindergarten.

Parents and caregivers attending StrongStart BC programs can expect to participate in organized sessions like story time, art and play activities.


Who Can Attend?

  • The programs are designed for 0-5 year olds. Parents or Caregivers remain with their child(ren) at the Centre. 

How do I sign up?

Step 1 Register

  • Please register all children, returning participants will not need to re-register. If you are unsure if your child is registered, please contact your StrongStart Facilitator. If you wish to cross-register so you can attend a different location, please contact your facilitator. Please register at: https://sd33.bc.ca/registration. You will receive an email from your StrongStart facilitator when your registration has been entered and is active. Please wait to receive this email before you drop in for a session (approx 1 week).

Step 2 Read our StrongStart Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

  • Familiarize yourself with our Communicable Disease Prevention Plan listed below

Step 3 Drop in at one of the StrongStart sites you've registered for

  • Please ensure your child is registered and you have received a confirmation email from the StrongStart facilitator

How will the program look given COVID-19 Protocols?

  • You can still expect fun 'learning through play' experiences, art explorations, story-time, library, gym time and community connection in the following set-up:
    • Prior to arrival, please use the BC COVID-19 Thrive app for daily health check information to ensure all family members attending have passed the daily health screen.  Please stay home if you have have any symptoms of illness (including the common cold)
    • open to pre-registered children

How can we make the most of our time?

  • dress for play (comfy clothes that you don't mind paint spilling on are always best)
  • limit belongings that you bring into the centre

Who do I contact if I have a question?

  • please email the StrongStart facilitator at the site you'd like to attend (please see list of sites and email link below)
  • or contact Nicole Driscoll - District Principal of Early Learning nicole_driscoll@sd33.bc.ca

Check sites for up to date operation times. Note that all sites are closed on Pro D Days, Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks.

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List Of Sites

Check sites for up to date operation times.
Note that all sites are closed on Pro D Days, Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks.

School Days Hours Address Email

Bernard Elementary

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30 45465 Bernard Ave.

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Cultus Lake Community

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Tu & Th 8:15-11:00 71 Sunnyside Blvd.

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Little Mountain 

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30 9900 Carleton St.

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McCammon

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon-Fri 8:15-11:15 9601 Hamilton St.

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Central Gateway 

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30 9435 Young Rd.

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Strathcona Elementary

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon/Wed/Fri 8:30-11:30 46375 Strathcona Rd.

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Unsworth Elementary

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30 5685 Unsworth Rd.

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Watson Elementary 

CLOSED Nov. 30th

Mon-Fri 11:00-1:30 45305 Watson Rd.

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StrongStart Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

Our programming has been designed in accordance with provincial health and safety guidelines.

Our programs follow all daily cleaning and disinfecting School District protocols. Drop-in attendance is allowed, pre-registration will be required. 

  1. Prior to arrival, please use the BC COVID-19 Thrive app for daily health check information to ensure all family members attending have passed the daily health screen.  Please stay home if you have have any symptoms of illness (including the common cold)
  2. At arrival, sign in 
  3. Strollers/Buggies will be parked on the designated spots outside or in the marked area of the classroom depending on the centre, providing there is room inside.
  4. Upon entering the classroom there will be a hand washing/sanitizing station. With most centres having a sink, families can walk directly to the sink to wash hands, waiting at designated spots.
  5. No outside food will be allowed in the centre. Water, coffee and tea are allowed as long as they are in a spill proof container.