Strong Start


StrongStart BC early learning programs provide school-based early learning services for adults and their young children, aged birth to five, at no cost to families.  Both children and adults can benefit from StrongStart BC early learning programs – children have access to high-quality learning environments and benefit from social interactions while the adults who accompany them learn new ways to support learning, both at the program and at home.

Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities, including stories, music and art to help children get ready for success in kindergarten.

Parents and caregivers attending StrongStart BC programs can expect to participate in organized sessions like story time, art and play activities. 

Who Can Attend?

  • The programs are designed for 0-5 year olds.  Parents or Caregivers remain with their child(ren) at the Centre. Unfortunately no  drop-ins allowed  until further notice.

How do I sign up?

Step 1 Register

  • Please register all children, returning participants will not need to re-register. If you are unsure if your child is registered, please contact your StrongStart Facilitator. If you wish to cross-register so you can attend a different location, please contact your facilitator. Please register at: You will receive an email from your StrongStart facilitator when your registration has been entered and is active. Please wait to receive this email before you "sign up" for a session (approx 1-2 days).

Step 2 Sign Up

  • If previously registered please sign-up for a session. Follow links provided below, next to each site location. Should you need to cancel, please do so online so another family can access your spot.

Step 3 Read Health and Safety Protocol 

  • Familiarize yourself with our Health and Safety Protocols listed below

How will the program look given COVID-19 Protocols?

  • You can still expect fun 'learning through play' experiences, art explorations, story-time and community connection in the following set-up:
    • 1hr15min sessions (times/days vary by site)
    • 4 families per session (a family = one adult with up to 3 children from the same family bubble)
    • adult or caregivers will be required to wear a mask, children will not
    • open to pre-registered children
    • online sign-up required
    • families can attend 1 session per day, and up to 2 sessions per week
    • outside programming may be an option in the future at some locations 

How can we make the most of our time?

  • eat before you come
  • use the washroom before you come (washroom access will be available if needed)
  • dress for play (comfy clothes that you don't mind paint spilling on are always best)
  • limit belongings that you bring into the centre
  • arrive on time and plan to stay for the full session (we need to enter and exit the building as a group, so it's not feasible for facilitators to accommodate different times)
  • please note that school playgrounds will not be available for use, so it's a good idea to scope out the nearest public park if you plan to extend your outing  

Check sites for up to date operation times. Note that all sites are closed on Pro D Days, Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks.  



Please feel free to visit them at:

School Days Hours Address Sessions Email
Bernard Elementary 


8:35-9:50 & 10:15-11:30 45465 Bernard Ave SignUp email
Cultus Lake Community 

Tu & Th:

8:15-9:30 & 10:00-11:15 71 Sunnyside Blvd. SignUp 


Little Mountain Elementary 


8:30-9:45 & 10:15-11:30 9900 Carleton St. SignUp 


McCammon Traditional



8:15-9:30 & 10:00-11:15

10:00-11:15 & 1:00-2:15

9601 Hamilton St. SignUp 


Central Gateway

Mon- Fri: 

8:30-11:30 9435 Young Rd SignUp 


Strathcona Elementary


8:40-9:55 & 10:25-11:40 46375 Strathcona SignUp 


Unsworth Elementary


8:30-11:30 5685 Unsworth SignUp 


Watson Elementary


8:35-9:50 & 10:15-11:30 45305 Watson Rd. SignUp 



StrongStart Re-Start Plan and Health and Safety Protocol

Our programming has been designed in accordance with provincial health and safety guidelines and as you can imagine, things will look different this year due to COVID-19.

StrongStart programs will be reduced to two shorter sessions to accommodate physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting protocols. The number of families that can attend has been reduced in order to help maintain safe physical distancing. Drop-in attendance has changed to an online sign-up system and pre-registration will be required. Families will wait at four clearly marked designated spots that are physically distanced outside of the building. They will line up and wait for the SS facilitator to greet and guide them to the SS Centre. The lineup times will be staggered from the school’s drop-off times to ensure physical distancing is possible.

Adults will be required to maintain 2m physical distance, children will be able to interact with each other, but physical contact will be minimized.

  1. SS Facilitators will greet families and mark-off the reserved/confirmed participants before they enter the room. SS Facilitators will ask participants if they have any symptoms related to COVID-19, awaiting COVID-19 test results, have travelled or had contact with people with Covid-19. This list will be provided to facilitators for easy reference. Prior to arrival, please review the Daily Health Check, to ensure all family members attending have passed the daily health screen.
  2. Strollers/Buggies will be parked on the designated spots outside or in the marked area of the classroom depending on the centre, providing there is room inside.
  3.  SS Centres with no direct exterior door, facilitators will lead the participants to the SS Room
  4. When walking through the school hallways, and while in the centre, adult or caregivers will be required to wear a mask, children will not.
  5. Upon entering the classroom there will be a hand washing/sanitizing station. With most centres having a sink, families can walk directly to the sink to wash hands, waiting at designated spots.
  6. All items that are used will be washed and sanitized daily. 
  7. We will not be able to provide snacks or food at this time. No outside food will be allowed in the centre. Water, coffee and tea are allowed as long as they are in a spill proof container.
  8. Late arrivals will not be accepted due to the Health and Safety Screening protocol



Information & Announcements

CUPE Skills, Training and Enhancement Fund

Applications for the new CUPE Skills, Training and Enhancement Fund will be accepted twice annually for adjudication. All CUPE staff are eligible to apply to this fund. Further information and application forms can be found in the staff section of our website

School Bus Safety Tips

For Drivers

  • The large AMBER alternating flashing lights warn motorists that the school bus is about to stop to either load or unload students; slow and stop if it is safe to do so.
  • The large RED alternating flashing lights warn motorists to STOP as the school bus is either loading or unloading students.
  • Drivers must STOP in either direction whenever you see flashing RED lights on a school bus.
  • After stopping for a school bus, don't start moving again until the bus moves on or the driver signals that it's safe by turning off the lights and pulling

Ride 360 Bussing App

Does your child ride the bus? Get instantly notified if there are any disruptions or delays on your route! The free Ride 360 App provides parents and guardians direct access to their students bussing schedule, while allowing Transportation to send timely notifications and alerts. Download Ride360 from your App provider today! 

Learn how to access your student information on the app, by viewing the User Guide.



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