Strong Start Programs in the Comox Valley

StrongStart provides a rich learning environments designed for early learning development – language, physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages.

Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art. At no cost to families, this early learning drop-in program supports children in all areas of development and supports the parent child connection.

StrongStart centres operate on a drop-in basis during the school year, and are intended for attendance by children ages 0-5, along with their parent or caregiver. A parent or a caregiver registers when they attend for the first time. More more information see the StrongStart BC – Province of British Columbia information page.

StrongStart facilities in the Comox Valley all share the primary goal of supporting families with young children. The health and safety of children in the program is a priority so there is the expectation that adults are able to be physically attentive to the children they bring to the centre.

In keeping with other districts in the province, Comox Valley StrongStart is not intended for licensed daycare drop-ins. Unlicensed and home based child care workers are welcome with a limit of two children. Please see your local StrongStart facilitator about how to register the children in your care for StrongStart.

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your children.

For more information about Early Learning at home, and in the community, please visit our Family Resources page.

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Remember to bring your child’s birth certificate or passport when registering.

Steps to attend StrongStart

  1. If you have not already registered, please fill out the Registration form found in the Step 1: Registration section below
  2. Our StrongStart programs are very popular! Please be aware that capacity at some locations is reached soon after opening. Determining when a centre is full for the day is at the discretion of the facilitator, and pertains to safety concerns and the ability to deliver quality programming for those in attendance. Please be respectful of the professional discretion of the facilitators. Space sometimes opens up later in the morning. If you attend Courtenay Elementary StrongStart, please use the Bookings app below in the Step 2: Find your StrongStart section to reserve your spot.

StrongStart Registration Form

LocationHoursAddress / PhoneBooking Link
Brooklyn StrongStart

Facilitator: Jumana Adamjee
Monday to Friday: 8:45-11:451290 Guthrie Road
Comox, BC
V9M 4G2
Courtenay StrongStart

Facilitator: Carlene Steeves​
Monday to Friday: 8:30-11:301540 McPhee Ave
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 3A5
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Queneesh StrongStart

Facilitator: Sue McGiffin
Monday to Thursday: 8:30-11:30
Fresh Air Friday: 9:30-11:30
2345 Mission Rd.
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 9H1
Cumberland StrongStart

Facilitator: Terri-Lyn Higgs
Monday to Friday: 8:45-11:452644 Ulverston Ave
Cumberland, BC
V0R 1S0
Miracle Beach Elementary

Facilitator: Terri-Lyn Higgs
Tuesdays: 9:00-12:008763 Paulsen Road,
Black Creek, BC,
V9J 1J8
Royston Elementary

Facilitator: Phylis Edgar
Monday/Wednesday: 8:45-11:453830 Warren Avenue,
Royston, BC,
V0R 2V0