Preschool Program

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StrongStart is a Ministry of Education funded free program offering opportunities for parents and caregivers of children aged up to five years to participate in free ‘play and learn centres’ located in schools.  The centres operate on a drop in schedule and offer free nutritional snacks and stimulating learning resources that engage children and parents.  They are staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators.

StrongStart is a wonderful beginning place for your little one to learn together with others: to imagine, create, read with you and others, play dress-up, sing and rhyme.

Early Learning Facilitator:  Ms. Rachel Susheski

Centres are open Monday to Friday, except on school holidays, Administration and Pro-D Days.

Strong Start Schedule - 2020-2021-

Monday and Thursday4 families max9:00-10:15 am
Tuesday and Friday4 families max9:00-11:30 am
Wednesday (Outdoors)10 families max9:00-11:00 am

A StrongStart Centre provides a place, a time and great resources for you and your child to play, to:

  • Explore with sand and water
  • Explore through art – in a variety of media
  • Develop important social and communication skills
  • Develop all of the senses
  • Learn songs, enjoy music and movement
  • Learn finger plays
  • Listen to stories
  • Play dress-up and imagine me
  • Climb, slide, build with blocks
  • Play with natural and real materials

A child learns through play.

We think of play as simply a child’s unorganized, fun time. But it is so much more than that. Play provides the solid foundation of a child’s learning: children develop vocabulary and early literacy skills through singing, rhyming, and stories; by listening and speaking as they play; and by telling you about what they are playing.

They develop physical and motor skills through movement and discovery. They develop social skills and emotional control as they play with you and with others. Give your child a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Come to a StrongStart Centre, or have your family childcare provider come and help your child get the best start for Kindergarten.

For more information please contact Nicomekl Elementary School 604 533-1468 or email

Strong Start Closures - 2020-2021 -

September 28, 2020Start for Families
October 12, 2020Stat Holiday - Thanksgiving
October 23, 2020 Professional Development
October 26, 2020Administration
November 11, 2020Stat Holiday - Remembrance Day
November 23, 2020Administration
December 17, 2020Administration
December 18, 2020Administration
December 21, 2020-January 4, 2021Christmas Break
January 5, 2021Administration
February 12, 2021Professional Development
February 15, 2021Stat Holiday
February 22, 2021Administration
March 12, 2021Administration
March 15 - March 26, 2021Spring Break
April 2, 2021Stat Holiday
April 5, 2021Easter Monday
May 21, 2021Professional Development
May 24, 2021Stat Holiday
June 22, 2021Last day of school with families


Nicomekl Elementary School

20050 - 53 Avenue, Langley
BC, V3A 3T9
Phone: 604-533-1468
Fax: 604-533-1469