SD47 StrongStart Program
|StrongStart Centres will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 27th. Centres reopen on Thursday, Sept. 28th.|
StrongStart is a free drop-in program offered to families with children ages zero to five years old. Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities and share valuable information with parents on child development and education in a safe, friendly, child-centered environment. This is a family program where parents/caregivers remain with their children and participate in the program together.
All children participating in StrongStart BC must be registered with the Ministry of Education. Once a registration is complete it can then be used for all K-12 schools in B.C.
- Select BC login account and begin to prepare your registration.
Please ensure you have the following information ready prior to proceeding
- Valid email address.
- Proof of child's age and citizenship (scan or photo) (Birth Certificate or Passport).
Once you submit your registration, you will receive confirmation via email.
Need Help with Registration?
- For first time registration, follow along with this video
- Once you have your parent portal password, follow along with this video
Paper registration forms are also available at all StrongStart locations and the School Board Office (4351 Ontario Avenue).
Once you are registered you are welcome to attend any StrongStart centre in the qathet Region including our mobile program, StrongStart GO! Please ensure you record your attendance, using the electronic attendance forms provided at the entrance, each time you visit a StrongStart location. Participants can use the centre-based iPads or their own devices (using a QR code) to submit attendance.
StrongStart Hours and Locations
|Elementary School||Location||Days Open||Hours of Operation|
|Edgehill Elementary||7312 Abbotsford St.||Tuesday & Friday||9:00 am - 12:00 pm|
|Wednesday||12:00 pm - 3:00 pm|
|Henderson Elementary||5506 Willow Ave.||Monday||11:45 am - 2:45 pm|
|Tuesday - Friday||8:45 am - 11:45 am|
|Kelly Creek Elementary||2345 Zilinsky Rd.||Monday - Wednesday, Friday||8:30 am - 11:30 am|
|Thursday||11:30 am - 2:30 pm|
|Westview Elementary||3900 Selkirk Ave.||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday||8:45 am - 11:45 am|
|StrongStart GO!||Texada, Lund, Powell River||Monday, Wednesday-Friday & the first Tuesday of every month||Visit our webpage for locations and schedule|
*All StrongStart programs follow the school calendar (starting the second week of September) and will be closed on statutory holidays, Winter, Spring, Summer Breaks, SD47 Pro-D Days, and the last Wednesday of every month. The first Tuesday of every month will only have the mobile StrongStart GO program running.
StrongStart BC is a government initiated program offered in public schools throughout the province of BC. This initiative supports smooth and successful kindergarten transitions for children and families, supports families as the primary educators of their children, and makes school facilities and resources available to the preschool population. This free program runs as a drop-in for children birth to pre-kindergarten entry who are accompanied by their parent/caregiver. StrongStart also encourages the development of support between families, so encourages families to bring one unrelated child in addition to immediate family.
Each program is facilitated by a certified Early Childhood Educator (ECE). Programs and activities are adapted to suit the age of participating children. Each child participating in StrongStart is registered with the Ministry of Education after completing the StrongStart registration form. To complete the registration process parents are asked to bring an official piece of identification (birth certificate, permanent residence card, certificate of citizenship, aboriginal status card, passport/visa). Registration information is used by the province to evaluate, plan and develop preschool programs provincially.
For questions, comments contact:
Raun Rainbow – District Principal of Early Learning and Child Care
Strong Start BC
Information from the Ministry of Education