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.
StrongStart Facebook Pages
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
- If you have not already registered, please fill out the Registration form found in the Step 1: Registration & Protocols section below
- Book a time slot with your selected StrongStart – see the available locations in the Step 2: Find a StrongStart Location section below
- 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
Step 1: Registration & Protocols
StrongStart Registration Form (2020 Update)
Brooklyn Elementary, Courtenay Elementary, and Queneesh Elementary Protocols
Traveling StrongStart Protocols (Puntledge Elementary, Royston Elementary and Aspen Elementary)
Step 2: Find a StrongStart Location
|Location||Address / Phone||Booking Link|
Facilitator: Amy Whitley
|1290 Guthrie Road|
Facilitator: Carlene Steeves
|1540 McPhee Ave|
Facilitator: Colleen Friendship
|2345 Mission Rd.|
Facilitator: Terri-Lyn Higgs
|2644 Ulverston Ave|
|Aspen Elementary||2250 Bolt Avenue,|
|Puntledge Park||401 Willemar Avenue,|
Facilitator: Phylis Edgar
|3830 Warren Avenue, |
Step 3: Daily Health Check
|Daily Health Check|
|Key Symptoms of Illness||Do you have any of the following new key symptoms?|
|Cough or worsening of chronic cough||Yes||No|
|Shortness of Breath||Yes||No|
|Loss of sense of smell or taste||Yes||No|
|Nausea and vomiting||Yes||No|
|International Travel||Have you returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days?||Yes||No|
|Confirmed Contact||Are you a contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?||Yes||No|