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

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Just B4 Preschool Program

School District 47 is offering licensed preschool in two locations starting in September 2022. The Just B4 program is for children turning 5 and starting kindergarten in 2023. 
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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. 

SD47 ORCA Neighbourhood StrongStart 

SD47 ORCA Neighbourhood StrongStart is a outdoor/nature program offered in community neighborhoods and parks. 

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.


The Toddler Development Instrument (TDI) is a survey collecting information on the early experiences of toddlers and their families. Powell River is a pilot site for the development of this instrument. 



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.