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School District 5
Southeast Kootenay
StrongStart Centres

StrongStarts may look a little different this year as we try to find flexible solutions that best meet community need. Some options may include the following;

  • Limiting the number of hours per day and/or days per week that the program is offered.
  • Pre-registering families into the program, if possible.
  • Limiting group sizes in consideration of the StrongStart BC program's maximum space capacity.
  • Taking children and families outside for learning activities, including play and snack time

Health and safety  is our top priority.  Parents can expect further information from their local StrongStart Centre.

We are excited to have you back and look forward to seeing you again! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

โ€‹โ€‹Early Learning.JPGโ€‹StrongStart Centres provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to share in their child's early learning experiences and learn and grow together through PLAY. 

The Centre's facilitators are qualified Early Childhood Educators.  They will provide carefully selected materials and activities that promote the development of social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy skills necessary for lifelong learning.

School District No. 5 currently operates four StrongStart Centres:

AMY WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Cranbrook) - 911 6th Street S. 

Contact:                Kelly Fentie


Principal:              Scott Holt

                   Facebook page "StrongStart Kelly"

                               Registration is required. Please register by clicking here.

                               Amy Woodland StrongStart poster

Message from your Amy Woodland StrongStart 

In person programming has been currently suspended until Dec. 7th. 

Please watch for further communication about virtual Storytime. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly at


STEEPLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Cranbrook) - 700 24th Avenue N. 

Contact:                Chris Brewster


Principal:              Chris Catherall

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                               โ€‹Facebook page "Steeples StrongStart Cranbrook"

                               Registration is required. Please register by clicking here.

                               Steeples StrongStart poster

Message from your Steeples StrongStart Facilitator, Chris Brewster

Hi Steeples StrongStart Families. Steeples StrongStart has temporarily suspended it's in person programming at least until Dec. 7, 2020. This is in light of recent Covid-19 restrictions. In the meantime, families currently registered with StrongStart are invited to friend Steeples StrongStart Cranbrook on Facebook. This is a new page. We will be trying to go virtual very soon and new information will be posted there. Thank you to all the families that have been coming and playing safely during the past month. 

Hopefully, we will be back up and running face to face soon. 

Take care of each other. Chris Brewster



Contact:               Jodie Parker


Principal:              Laura-Lee Phillips 

Hours:                   Outdoor StrongStart

                                    Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 11:30am

                               Zoom Storytime 

                                    Tuesday 9:30am

                               Limited Capacity - MUST pre-register by emailing

                               Registration - We are not taking new registrations at this time.

                               โ€‹Facebook page "Fernie StrongStart"



Contact:                Christine Watson


Principal:              Jennifer Adams 

Hours:                   Outdoor StrongStart

                                    Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 11am

                               Zoom Storytime 

                                    Tuesday 10am

                               Limited Capacity - MUST pre-register by emailing

                               Registration - We are taking new registrations.

                               Facebook page "Sparwood Strong Start"


Centres are FREE and run on a pre-registration basis for all families with children not yet in kindergarten.  Programs run as per the current school calendar and are open on those days when school is in session.


Registration - Please contact your local StrongStart Centre for details on registration.

Please note:  in addition to completing a registration form, you must also provide proof of age documentation.  Acceptable proof of age:  Birth Certificate, Passport or Visa, Permanent Resident Card, or other documentation issued by Immigration Canada.  BC Health Care Cards are NOT accepted as proof of age.โ€‹