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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.

The program at Peter Greer is facilitated by Helga Helgason, a Licenced Early Childhood Educator.  

2021-2022 School Year

We are looking forward to welcoming our StrongStart families to our drop-in program starting September 20, 2021.  StrongStart is a free play based early learning program for parents/caregivers to attend with their children aged 0 to 5 years of age (prior to entry into kindergarten). 

If you are a returning StrongStart family, then feel free to drop-in on days that work for you.  

StrongStart Centres are open:  Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

If you are new to the StrongStart program please register online here.  Once registered for the StrongStart program, you will be asked by the school office for one of the following documents:

·         Canadian Birth Certificate

·         Canadian Passport

·         Indigenous Status Card

·         Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

Once registration is complete and you have been notified, you are invited to drop-in at the StrongStart Centre you've registered for.

The Centres are open on a first-come, first-serve basis..


​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 indepen​dently 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.

​StrongStart Program Brochure: StrongStart Information Brochure.pdf

More information about our Early Learning Programs can be found under Programs and Services on the School or District website. Click here: http://sd23earlylearning.weebly.com/philosophy.html