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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

Hours:                   Monday - Friday  9am - 11am

                               Registration is required. Please register by clicking here.

                               Amy Woodland StrongStart poster


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

Contact:                Chris Brewster


Principal:              Chris Catherall

Hours:                   Monday - Friday  9am - 11am      Boy Reading.jpg

                               โ€‹Facebook page "Steeples StrongStart"

                               Registration is required. Please register by clicking here.

                               Steeples StrongStart poster



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€‹