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StrongStart

All Vancouver School Board StrongStart programs are now open! Please read below for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

If you are interested in a virtual StrongStart experience, please check out our StrongStart OnlineStory Time Videos and Circle Time Videos pages!

StrongStart Early Learning

StrongStart is a free drop-in program offered to parents and caregivers with children ages zero to five years old.  StrongStart program emphasizes learning through play, language and positive social interactions.

StrongStart provides a rich learning environment, designed for early learning development.  Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages.  The overall learning experience is shared as parents and caregivers attend with their children and are encouraged to get involved in activities like telling stories, playing games and serving healthy snacks.  English as a first language is not necessary to attend a StrongStart program.

There are 19 StrongStart programs operating in elementary schools across Vancouver.

Check the table below for StrongStart Centre in your neighbourhood. To view a location map, please check our StrongStart flyer.


What strongStart will look like this school year?

  • StrongStart will resume a drop-in format with a limit of 10 families a day. It will be a first-come, first-served basis with no saving spots for other families. The doors will be closed once we are full, and families are encouraged to try again another day. 
  • The program will be two hours long from 9:30am to 11:30am (for morning locations) and 12:30pm to 2:30pm (for afternoon locations). 
  • Please line up outside at the designated StrongStart waiting area prior to the program start time. StrongStart facilitators will invite you into the school at 9:30am/12:30pm.
  • The programs will be very busy. There is a chance you will not get into the program on any given day based on how many families show up.
  • Each family can have only one adult and up to three children. 
  • The number of times you can attend per week is dependent on your center. Please check with your facilitator when you drop-in. 
  • You will be required to sign in with your contact information and indicate that you have completed a daily health check for yourself and your child.  
  • We will be open Monday to Friday with two closure days per month (usually Fridays) for deep cleaning and classroom prep. Please check below for our closure schedule.
  • Masks are mandatory for all adults and highly encouraged for children. 
  • There will be no more pods (or individual stations). Families are free to move around the classroom but please maintain space (e.g. two families per area or one family per table). 
  • Songs, stories, music and movement will be organized to support some physical distancing between adults.
  • There will be no eating in the classroom. Individually packaged snacks will be handed out at the end of the program. Water bottles and milk bottles are okay. 
  • Access to washroom facilities is limited but not prohibited. Parents and caregivers will be encouraged to use your home facilities before coming to the StrongStart centre.
  • Frequent handwashing is encouraged. 
  • The classroom and the toys will be cleaned and disinfected daily. 
  • We can only accommodate Vancouver residents.
  • Families can be registered for and attend a maximum of 2 StrongStart centres.
  • Please ensure that you adhere to all guidelines and health and safety regulations when visiting StrongStart.

Thank you for all your support, cooperation and understanding!


Returning Families:

If you have already registered and attended StrongStart before, there’s no need for you to re-register your child to attend the same StrongStart centre you attended before. Please download and bring in completed Media and CASL consent forms on your first return to your StrongStart centre. If you were registered at more than 2 locations in the past, please remember that this year, you can only attend a maximum of 2 StrongStart centres.


New Families:

Please register your child on your first visit to the StrongStart centre you would like to attend. Registration is open from September to June. 

What you need to bring:

  • Please download and bring in a completed registration package to the centre you would like to attend.
  • Bring a photocopied proof of child’s birthdate and a proof of residency (showing parent’s name). Acceptable documents are listed on the StrongStart Student Application Form.
  • If you would like to attend 2 centres, you will need to download and bring in the above registration package on your first visit to the second location as well. A proof of child’s birthdate and a proof of residency is NOT required at the second location.

Please note that all our programs are very busy. If the room has reached it’s limit, the StrongStart facilitator will take your registration form but you will not be able to attend that day.


StrongStart Closure Schedule

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be hosting an in-person registration day outside for new families from 9am-11am (or 1-3pm at Tillicum Annex).

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - All StrongStart will re-open

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - Henderson StrongStart will be closed

Friday, September 24, 2021 - Douglas, Mackenzie, Mt. Pleasant, Nightingale, Queen Alexandra, Renfrew, Seymour, Thunderbird, Tillicum, Waverley and Xpey' StrongStart will be closed

Monday, September 27, 2021 - Collingwood AM and PM, Cook, Grenfell, Moberly and Selkirk StrongStart will be closed

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - Champlain Annex StrongStart will be closed

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed (new statutory holiday)

Friday, October 1, 2021 - Henderson StrongStart will be closed

Friday, October 8, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed

Friday, October 22, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed

Friday, October 29, 2021 - Douglas and Selkirk StrongStart will be closed

Friday, November 5, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed

Friday, November 26, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed

Friday, December 10, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed

Friday, December 17, 2021 - All StrongStart centres will be closed

Monday, December 20 - Monday, January 3 - All StrongStart centres will be closed for winter break

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - All StrongStart centres will re-open after winter break

Please note that all StrongStart Centres will also be closed on any statutory holidays.

Vancouver School Board StrongStart Early Learning Centres

A StrongStart location map can also be found in the link below. Please choose "StrongStart Early Learning" under "Search by Program" drop down menu.

https://www.vsb.bc.ca/School/directory/Pages/default.aspx

Champlain Heights Annex
Rm 107 - 7835 Champlain Cres. V5S 4J6
TEL:   (604) 713-4880
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Nightingale 
Portable  - 2740 Guelph Street V5T 3P7
TEL:  (604) 713-5290
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Collingwood (AM and PM programs)
Rm 107 - 3417 Euclid Ave. V5R 6H2
TEL:  (604) 713-5340
Monday to Friday

9:30am-11:30am/12:30pm-2:30pm

Queen Alexandra 
Room 108 - 1300 E. Broadway V5N 1V6 
TEL:  (604) 713-4599
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Cook
Rm 160 - 3340 E 54th Ave. V5S 1Z3
TEL:  (604) 713-4828
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am 
Renfrew
Rm 167 - 3315 E 22nd Ave. V5M 2Z2
TEL: (604) 713-4851
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Douglas
Rm 106 - 2150 Brigadoon Ave. V5P 3Z7
TEL: (604) 713-4817
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Selkirk
Portable#1  - 1750 E 22nd Ave. V5N 2P7
TEL:  (604) 713-4650
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Grenfell
Rm 103 - 3323 Wellington Ave. V5R 4Y3
TEL: (604) 713-4844
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Seymour
Rm 012 - 1130 Keefer Street V6A 1Z3
TEL:  (604) 713-4641
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Henderson
Rm 179 - 451 E. 53rd Ave. V5X 1J3
TEL: (604) 713-4837
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Thunderbird
Rm 108 - 2325 Cassiar Street V5M 3X3
TEL:  (604) 713-4611
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
MacKenzie
Rm 168 - 960 E 39th Ave. V5W 1K8
TEL: (604) 713-4799
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Tillicum Annex
Rm 107 - 2450 Cambridge Street V5K 1L2
TEL:  (604) 713-4716
Monday to Friday
12:30pm-2:30pm
Moberly 
Rm 8 - 1000 E. 59th Ave. V5X 1Y7 
TEL: (604) 713-4784
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Waverley
Rm 107 - 6111 Elliott Street V5S 2M1
TEL:  (604) 713-4752
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Mt Pleasant 
Rm 111 - 2300 Guelph Street V5T 3P1 
TEL:  (604) 713-4617
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am
Xpey'
Rm A102 - 1950 E. Hastings Street V5L 1T7
TEL: (604) 713-4696
Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am


If you have questions about our StrongStart program, please contact

604-713-4445

or strongstart@vsb.bc.ca


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