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Creating educational connections for families with pre-schoolers.
School District No. 42, with financial support from the Government of British Columbia, offers StrongStart Learning Centres at eight elementary schools.
Programs run Monday to Friday - see below for specific times at the various locations. Families are welcome to drop in at whatever time meets their needs. StrongStart Centres follow the regular school calendar. Please note that alll StrongStart sites will continue to be open at their usual times during the school's kindergarten to grade 7 student-involved conference days. Our StrongStart programs will welcome, as usual, children from ages 0 to pre-kindergarten and their parents/caregivers on these days.
Strong Start closures
Strong Start centres do not operate on days that their host schools are closed, for example on Pro-D/Non-instructional Days, Altered Calendar Days, Stat Holidays, Christmas, Spring and Summer Break.
♦ In the event of facilitator absence/illness, StrongStart Centres may be closed. Please refer to the information below for updates regarding hours of operation for each Centre. Information regarding any absences will be updated daily by 8:10 a.m.
What is StrongStart?
StrongStart is a free program for parents with children aged infant to five years old. Parents and caregivers attending StrongStart BC will participate with their children in organized sessions like story time and circle time. They will also be able to participate in free play, arts, early literacy, and information sharing, and will help choose and serve healthy snacks. Parents and caregivers are likely to discover new ways to support their children’s learning at home, and may make valuable connections with others attending the centre.
What are the benefits of StrongStart?
The benefits of StrongStart include: increasing children’s exposure to literacy and play; providing information about parenting and community resources; providing a fun and healthy learning environment that benefits the whole family; and recognizing parents as their children’s first and most important teacher.
How to register for StrongStart
Parents can register in person at the StrongStart Centre on the first day they wish to attend. ONLINE pre-registration is no longer required.
Please note: In addition to completing a registration form, you must also provide proof of age documentation. Acceptable proof of age: Birth cerificate, Passport or Visa, Permanent Resident card, or other documents issued by Immigration Canada.
BC Health Care Cards are NOT considered identification for verification purposes.
For more information about StrongStart...
StrongStart Learning Centres are available at the following schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows,
Attendance is solely on a drop-in basis so parents or caregivers can attend as much, or as little, as they like. All children who will be attending must be registered.
Blue Mountain Elementary (8:30 - 11:30) Mon-Fri
12153 - 248 Street, Maple Ridge
Davie Jones Elementary (8:30 - 11:30) Mon-Fri (Closed May 1/15 for conference. Families are welcome
12030 Blakely Road, Pitt Meadows to attend Highland Park StrongStart)
Eric Langton Elementary (8:30 - 11:30) Mon-Fri
12138 Edge Street, Maple Ridge
Fairview Elementary (8:30 - 11:30 M, W, F and 11:30 - 2:30 T, Th)
12209 - 206 Street, Maple Ridge
Glenwood Elementary (8:30 - 11:30) Mon-Fri (Closed May 1/15 for conference. Families are welcome
21410 Glenwood Avenue, Maple Ridge to attend Fairview StrongStart)
Hammond Elementary (8:30 - 11:30) Mon-Fri
11520 - 203 Street, Maple Ridge
Harry Hooge Elementary (8:30 - 11:30) Mon-Fri
12280 - 230 Street, Maple Ridge
Highland Park Elementary (8:30 - 11:30 M, W, F and 11:30 - 2:30 T, Th)
18961 Advent Road, Pitt Meadows