The parent is the first and most important teacher in a child's life. Campbell River School District supports parents in this important role by providing a free, drop-in, early learning program for young children from birth to Kindergarten and their parents or caregivers.
The district has four StrongStart Centres at Georgia Park, Cedar, Sayward and Sandowne Elementary Schools. In addition, the district now has a mobile StrongStart which visits Quadra and École Willow Point Elementary Schools one day a week.
Under the direction of licensed early childhood educators, parents and children participate in early learning activities, such as story time, music, singing, art and puzzles.
Children gain problem-solving skills, and build self-esteem and the social skills that will help them when they enter school. Parents learn activities that they can do at home to further support their child's learning; nutrition; and make valuable connections with other parents or caregivers.
StrongStart is a free, drop-in program open to all children and their parents and caregivers from birth to Kindergarten. However, parents need to complete a registration form at the program of their choice so that such items as emergency contact information is on file. Please bring your child's birth certificate with you to register.
For more information, including the days and times StrongStart Centres are in operation, please contact the respective school office of the StrongStart program you are interested in or contact Nevenka Fair, Assistant Superintendent at (250) 830.2339.