Programs

StrongStart

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District No. 42, with financial support from the BC government, offers StrongStart Learning Centres at eight elementary schools.  

All SD42 StrongStart Centres plan to have a delayed opening schedule for the 2020-21 school year. For more registration information, please see the How to register for StrongStart section below.

Most StrongStarts will be open for pre-registered drop-in times by October 5, 2020. Our StrongStart programs run Monday to Friday and will welcome young children (infant to age five) and their parents/caregivers on these days. All centres will be offering blended playful learning experiences in-centre, outdoors and online. A detailed schedule will be coming soon. 

 

How to register for StrongStart

Registration for the 2020-21 school year:

Registration for StrongStart centres will start the week before the centres are open. StrongStart Registration drop-in times will be during the week of September 28 (Sept. 28 to Oct. 2).

Registration opportunities at each centre will also be available during pre-registered sessions. Please contact a centre by emailing the facilitator if you have not attended one of our StrongStart programs and you would like to register.

If you are registering for the first time, click this registration form link to access a fillable registration form to send to the StrongStart site facilitator through email or to print off and bring with you to the StrongStart site at a pre-arranged time along with proof of your child’s birthdate (birth certificate or passport).

**Site-specific email information is available in the For more information about StrongStart section below.

 

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.

StrongStart CLOSURES

Strong Start centres do not operate on days that their host schools are closed (e.g. professional development and 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.

For more information about StrongStart

Phone: 604.463.4200
Fax: 604.463.4181

In accordance with the current Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines, we welcome families to attend pre-registered sessions. Please contact the school site facilitator for more information regarding registration and participation in our StrongStart sessions.  StrongStart Learning Centres are available at the following schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.  

 

c̓əsqənelə Elementary  
24093 104th Avenue, Maple Ridge 
StrongStart Facilitator: Erica Hopgood 
erica_hopgood@sd42.ca  

 

Davie Jones Elementary 
12030 Blakely Road, Pitt Meadows   
StrongStart Facilitator: Kathleen Aalten
kathleen_aalten@sd42.ca

 

Eric Langton Elementary  
12138 Edge Street, Maple Ridge
StrongStart Facilitator: Beth Asham
beth_asham@sd42.ca

 

Fairview Elementary  
12209 – 206 Street, Maple Ridge 
StrongStart Facilitator: Lori Anderson
lori_anderson@sd42.ca

 

Garibaldi Secondary   
24789 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
StrongStart Facilitator: Kristina O’Rourke
kristina_orourke@sd42.ca 

 

Hammond Elementary    
11520 – 203 Street, Maple Ridge  
To be announced.

 

Harry Hooge Elementary   
12280 – 230 Street, Maple Ridge  
StrongStart Facilitator: Carmela Bassetto
carmela_bassetto@sd42.ca

 

Highland Park Elementary  
18961 Advent Road, Pitt Meadows   
StrongStart Facilitator: Claire McAleese   
claire_mcaleese@sd42.ca

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