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
- North Otter (604-856-3355) 8:30am-11:30am
- Parkside Centennial (604-856-7775) 8:35am-11:35am
- Simonds (604-530-2361) 9:00am to 12:00pm
- West Langley (604-888-6444)) 9:00am-12:00pm
- Douglas Park (604-533-4491) 1:00pm-4:00pm
- James Hill (604-530-0251) 1:00pm-4:00pm
- Willoughby (604-888-6033) 1:00pm-4:00pm
Centres are open Monday to Friday, except on school holidays, Administration and Pro-D Days.
Strong Start Schedule - 2020-2021-
|Monday and Thursday||4 families max||9:00-10:15 am|
|Tuesday and Friday||4 families max||9:00-11:30 am|
|Wednesday (Outdoors)||10 families max||9:00-11:00 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 email@example.com
Strong Start Closures - 2020-2021 -
|September 28, 2020||Start for Families|
|October 12, 2020||Stat Holiday - Thanksgiving|
|October 23, 2020|| Professional Development |
|October 26, 2020||Administration|
|November 11, 2020||Stat Holiday - Remembrance Day|
|November 23, 2020||Administration|
|December 17, 2020||Administration|
|December 18, 2020||Administration|
|December 21, 2020-January 4, 2021||Christmas Break|
|January 5, 2021||Administration|
|February 12, 2021||Professional Development|
|February 15, 2021||Stat Holiday|
|February 22, 2021||Administration|
|March 12, 2021||Administration|
|March 15 - March 26, 2021||Spring Break|
|April 2, 2021||Stat Holiday|
|April 5, 2021||Easter Monday|
|May 21, 2021||Professional Development|
|May 24, 2021||Stat Holiday|
|June 22, 2021||Last day of school with families|