Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
Early Learning

​StrongStart Centres and StrongStart Outreach programs will be closed on the following days in March: Spring Break (Monday March 19 through Monday April 2, 2018). Spring Break includes both Good Friday (March 30) and Easter Monday (April 2). Programs reopen Tuesday April 3, 2018. 

​StrongStart Centres and StrongStart Outreach will be closed for the following days in February: Friday February 9, 2018 (School District 47 PRO-D Day), and February 12, 2018 (Family Day-BC). 

--FREE PROGRAM-- The ​Parent-Child Mother Goose Program focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories to give children engaging early experiences with language and communication.  All sessions listed take place on Thursday between 9am and 10am in the StrongStart room at Westview Elementary. PROGRAM #1: all welcome- parents with children 0-5 years (January 18 and March 8, 2016); PROGRAM #2: for parents with children 1.5 to 3.5 years (6 sessions: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1)
NEW: Grandparents interested in learning rhymes, songs and stories to share with their young grandchildren are welcome to join the session (no grandchildren required to attend) 
TO REGISTER: email rita.john@sd47.bc.ca or call (604) 485-6271 ext 2244; please provide the following information: your name, your child's name and birthdate, your email address and telephone number.  

Circle of Security 

Circle of Security® Parenting is a DVD parent education program. The program uses an eight chapter DVD to educate caregivers. The program presents video examples of parent/child interaction in the zero to five age range. See Circle of Security® Website for more information about the Circle of Security® Parenting Program.  

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Full School Day Kindergarten

A high quality, play-based Kindergarten program has long-term benefits for children's academic and social skills and helps them to succeed in school and in life.


StrongStart Centres In Powell River Schools

StrongStart Centres are an initiative that supports smooth and successful transitions for children and families into kindergarten, supports families as the primary educators of their children, and makes school facilities and resources available to the preschool population.

StrongStart Outreach Programs

School District #47 provides a StrongStart Outreach program in three separate venues:  Edgehill Elementary, Stepping Stones at Westview Elementary, and on the ORCA Bus. ORCA stands for "On the Road with Children's Activities"- a mobile preschool activity bus designed to bring exciting preschool learning and resources to remote areas of the community. 

Ready, Set, Learn

The Ready, Set Learn initiative provides opportunities for elementary schools to influence school readiness in children through school-based​ community events. It is also intended to facilitate partnerships between schools and local community agencies and early childhood service providers, and is designed to encourage positive connections between families and the school system as well as the participating community agencies.

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program 

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a group experience for parents of young children focusing on the pleasure and power of using oral rhymes, songs, and stories.  This program promotes the development of early literacy skills but also empowers parent with tools to encourage positive social development in their children.   

Ages And Stages

School District #47 contributes to "Ages and Stages"- an interactive preschool fun day that takes place at the Powell River Recreation Complex. It is a collaborative effort of the Building Blocks Committee 0-5; members are from agencies and services that serve the preschool population.

Young Parent Program

School District #47 offers a young parent program through Brooks Secondary School. This program is offered to young adults who have become parents before they have had the chance to complete their grade 12 education.


EDI stand for "Early Development Instrument" and is a questionnaire designed to measure children's school readiness. Kindergarten teachers participate by administering the EDI to current kindergarten students. 

Roots Of Empathy (ROE)

ROE is a program offered in School District #47 classrooms.  This evidence-based program has shown a dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among children while raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy. 

Parents As Literacy Supporters (PALS)

PALS helps family members and caregivers support their preschool- or kindergarten-aged children’s early literacy development. Each PALS session focuses on learning through play and includes time for parents and caregivers to talk with a facilitator, and time for adults and children to learn, play and have fun together.

Contact Us

4351 Ontario Avenue, Powell River, BC, V8A 1V3 Phone: (604) 485-6271 Fax: (604) 485-6435 Email: info@sd47.bc.ca

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Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

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