*** Please note: All SD42 StrongStart Centres are currently closed. For more information, please the ‘StrongStart Update” section below.


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 all 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.




StrongStart Upate

Dear StrongStart families,

We wanted to let you know that all of our Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 StrongStart facilitators and their families are healthy and doing their part by staying home.

They are missing their centres, programs and their families, and we encourage you to connect with them in a variety of ways. Each facilitator has made a Facebook page for their centre where you can connect and interact with that facilitator and other families.

They are also available to communicate through email. Please feel free to share this information with anyone that you know who would like to connect with SD42 StrongStarts. Please see the links below for contact information (for some Facebook pages, you will need to sign in to view once you have clicked the link):

SD42 StrongStarts

Highland Park Elementary
Facilitator: Claire McAleese,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Highland Park

Davie Jones Elementary
Facilitator: Kathleen Aalten,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Davie Jones

Hammond Elementary
Facilitator: Lori Anderson,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Hammond

Fairview Elementary
Facilitator: Kathy Wallace,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Fairview

Eric Langton Elementary
Facilitator: Beth Asham,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Eric Langton

Harry Hooge Elementary
Facilitator: Carmela Bassetto,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Harry Hooge

c̓əsqənelə Elementary
Facilitator: Erica Hopgood,
Facebook link: StrongStart at c̓əsqənelə (Shows as: cusqunela StrongStart on Facebook)

Garibaldi Elementary
Facilitator: Tracy Robinson,
Facebook link: StrongStart at Garibaldi

StrongStart 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.

How to register for StrongStart

Registration for the 2019-20 school year:

Parents can register in person at the StrongStart Centre on the first day they wish to attend. Registration is on a continual intake basis during the school year.  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 certificate, passport or visa, permanent resident card, or other documents issued by Immigration Canada.  Proof of BC residency is also required.

BC Health Care Cards are NOT considered identification for verification purposes.

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.

For more information about StrongStart

Phone: 604.463.4200
Fax: 604.463.4181

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.

c̓əsqənelə Elementary   Mon-Fri:  8:30-11:30 a.m. 
24093 104th Avenue, Maple Ridge     
* Closed March 6, 2020 for routine cleaning           

Davie Jones Elementary     Mon-Fri:  8:30-11:30 a.m.   
12030 Blakely Road, Pitt Meadows 
* Closed March 6, 2020 for routine cleaning                                              

Eric Langton Elementary   Mon-Fri:  8:30-11:30 a.m. (Please note: this centre will be closed Monday December 16th)
12138 Edge Street, Maple Ridge  
* Closed March 13, 2020 for routine cleaning     

Fairview Elementary   Mon/Wed/Fri: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.   Tue/Thu: 11:30-2:30 pm
12209 – 206 Street, Maple Ridge   
* Closed March 13, 2020 for routine cleaning                                              

Garibaldi Secondary   Mon-Fri: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
24789 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge    
* Closed March 13, 2020 for routine cleaning       
Hammond Elementary    Mon-Fri: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
11520 – 203 Street, Maple Ridge  
* Closed March 13, 2020 for routine cleaning       

Harry Hooge Elementary   Mon-Fri:  8:30-11:30 a.m.  
12280 – 230 Street, Maple Ridge          
* Closed March 6, 2020 for routine cleaning                                    

Highland Park Elementary   Mon-Fri: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.   
18961 Advent Road, Pitt Meadows   
* Closed March 5, 2020 for routine cleaning       



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