StrongStart


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.


Update November 23, 2020

Due to the new Public Health Orders as of November 19 limiting the numbers in group gatherings, for the time being StrongStarts will not be having Fresh Air Fridays which were intended to accommodate larger groups. Please contact your StrongStart educator for more information.​

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 & Protocols section below
  2. Book a time slot with your selected StrongStart – see the available locations in the Step 2: Find a StrongStart Location section below
  3. Before attending, you are required to perform a daily health check – see the Step 3: Daily Health Check section below . If you answer yes to any of the questions, please do not attend

StrongStart Registration Form (2020 Update)

Brooklyn Elementary, Courtenay Elementary, and Queneesh Elementary Protocols

Traveling StrongStart Protocols (Puntledge Elementary, Royston Elementary and Aspen Elementary)

LocationAddress / PhoneBooking Link
Continuous
Brooklyn StrongStart

Facilitator: Amy Whitley
1290 Guthrie Road
Comox, BC
V9M 4G2
250-339-2232
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Courtenay StrongStart

Facilitator: Carlene Steeves​
1540 McPhee Ave
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 3A5
250-338-5396
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Queneesh StrongStart

Facilitator: Colleen Friendship
2345 Mission Rd.
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 9H1
250-334-4089
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Cumberland StrongStart

Facilitator: Terri-Lyn Higgs
2644 Ulverston Ave
Cumberland, BC
V0R 1S0
250-336-8511
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Travelling
Aspen Elementary2250 Bolt Avenue,
Comox, BC,
V9M 4E7
250-890-0944
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Puntledge Park401 Willemar Avenue,
Courtenay, BC,
V9N 3L3
250-334-4495​
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Royston Elementary

Facilitator: Phylis Edgar
3830 Warren Avenue,
Royston, BC,
V0R 2V0
250-334-2161​
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Daily Health Check
Key Symptoms of IllnessDo you have any of the following new key symptoms?
FeverYesNo
ChillsYesNo
Cough or worsening of chronic coughYesNo
Shortness of BreathYesNo
Loss of sense of smell or tasteYesNo
DiarrheaYesNo
Nausea and vomitingYesNo
International TravelHave you returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days?YesNo
Confirmed ContactAre you a contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?YesNo