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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, early learning program, called StrongStart, for young children from birth to kindergarten and their parents or caregivers.  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 and caregivers learn activities that they can do at home to further support their child's learning and nutrition, as well as connect with other parents and caregivers.

While the program is free, parents do need to complete a registration form so that such items as emergency contact information is on file. Please bring your child's birth certificate with you to register.

Julie ToewsJulie Toews, Georgia Park StrongStart Facilitator

Julie began her career with the Campbell River School District in 2010 as an educational assistant and moved to StrongStart in 2013. She has been a long term resident of Campbell River and is familiar with many local community supports. In her 30+ years of working with children and families Julie has worked with infants/toddlers, Indigenous preschoolers, special needs preschoolers, school age children and young parents. Along with her varied experience, Julie brings a wealth of knowledge on the development of children of all ages and stages.

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