Giving kids a StrongStart
Storytime, playtime and healthy eating are important aspects of StrongStart BC centres, which incorporate play-based learning for preschool‑aged children up to five years of age.
Locally, free programs are offered at Brooklyn, Courtenay, Cumberland and Queneesh elementary schools, along with several outreach sites.
Early childhood educators lead activities such as stories, music and art to help prepare children for success in kindergarten.
StrongStart centres are not designated as child care programs. Families and caregivers need to attend with their children.
“It’s learning through play,” said Carlene Steeves, an ECE (Early Childhood Education) teacher at Courtenay Elementary School. “We do a bit of everything.”
The Province has offered each B.C. school district an opportunity to participate in the program.
Families are welcome to attend StrongStart centres on an ongoing or drop-in basis.