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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. 

Audrey Ordano

Audrey Ordano, Sayward StrongStart Facilitator

My name is Audrey Ordano and I am the Sayward School StrongStart Facilitator. I have a background in education, studying many subjects for several years. I have an Associate of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Liberal Studies, from Vancouver Island University. I recently completed my Early Childhood Care and Education certificate at North Island College and am a licensed B.C. Early Childhood Educator. I live in the beautiful Sayward valley and am fully committed to serving my community. I enjoy working with families and children and am passionate about the StrongStart program and helping children prepare for entering kindergarten. I am happy to assist families by offering resources and providing information about other services in nearby communities. I am glad to see so many new families moving to this rural area and taking advantage of the local opportunities within the school system and community. 

I have a daughter who attends Sayward School Elementary, and we have a pet cat Toby at home. When I am not working, I like to read, garden, do yoga and explore nature by walking, swimming, and camping with my family. 

I look forward to meeting new Sayward residents and their children! 

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