StrongStart Program

StrongStart is a free drop-in early learning program for children aged 0 to 5 years (prior to entry into kindergarten), who are accompanied by their parents or caregivers. It is the beginning of a special partnership between families and schools.

More information can be found under Programs and Services on the School or District website. Click here:

The program at Peter Greer is facilitated by Helga Helgason, a Licenced Early Childhood Educator.  Currently, Teacher Helga is on a leave until further notice.  Please welcome our relief facilitator Suzanne Chavarie.

2020-2021 School Year

If you are planning on attending StrongStart during the 2020-2021 school year, please read the following as registration procedures have changed and there are new site safety protocols in place due to the pandemic:

Strong Start Start Up Letter 2020.pdf 

Click here to complete the "Request to Attend PGE Strong Start' form to complete step one of the registration process.

StrongStart BC Information for Parents and Guardians

Use these suggestions to get the most out of your experience in a StrongStart BC program:

  • Introduce yourself to the StrongStart BC facilitator and help your child introduce themselves.
  • Sign in and out every day that you attend.
  • Allow your child to observe an activity or group experience before participating.
  • Help your child learn by experience – teach them to help themselves, interact with others independently and create using their own ideas. Only offer assistance or instruction when necessary, like when your child uses something for the first time or needs help resolving a conflict.
  • Offer to write down your child’s words to describe the pictures they create.
  • Ask your child open ended questions about their experiences.
  • Acknowledge your child’s effort and offer encouragement frequently – especially after a disappointment.
  • Relax, learn and have fun with your child and other families.


Complete a registration form when you first attend the program with your child. Please also be prepared to provide legal proof of identification for your child – this includes:

  • Any type of vital statistics document like a birth certificate
  • Identification issued by Immigration Canada (e.g. passport, visa, permanent resident card)
  • An Indigenous Status card

Be sure to check in with the facilitator as soon as you arrive at the StrongStart BC program – they can assist with this process and answer any questions you might have.

StrongStart Program Brochure: StrongStart Information Brochure.pdf