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School District 5
Southeast Kootenay
StrongStart Centres


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‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčWelcome to StrongStart! 

StrongStart is a free school-based program for families with young children (aged birth to five). Parents/Caregivers accompany their child in play-based early learning activities. The provincial StrongStart program is in place to help prepare children for success in kindergarten.

The Centre's facilitators are qualified Early Childhood Educators who lead the learning activities where children learn through PLAY! Carefully selected materials and activities will promotoe the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development in each child.

  • ‚ÄčExplore with sand & water
  • Build with blocks
  • Climb & slide
  • Learn songs and enjoy music 
  • Listen to stories‚Äč

School District No. 5 operates four StrongStart Centres. 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. Program schedules will vary at each location, but all programs will include a nutritious snack, circle time and free play time. Families will also have access to the school library and the gym (at most locations).

Program Philosophy

‚ÄčEach child/family is unique and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity in an environment that is safe, positive and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Each child will be included and made to feel a valued member of the group. Parents are an integral part of their child's early learning and are included in all aspects of the program.



Please complete this registration form‚Äč and contact your local StrongStart Centre for more details. 

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.‚Äč 

AMY WOODLAND ELEMEN‚Äč‚ÄčTARY SCHOOL (Cranbrook) - 911 6th Street S. 

Nicole Green
‚ÄčScott Holt
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‚ÄčMondays & Tuesdays from 12:15pm - 2:45pm 
Wednesday Evenings with Marion Caws from 5pm - 6:30pm starting on Oct. 25

Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:00am - 11:30am

Facebook page "Cranbrook StrongStart'

‚ÄčSTEEPLES ELEMENTA‚Äč‚ÄčRY SCHOOL (Cranbrook) - 700 24th Avenue N. 

‚ÄčNicole Green‚Äč
Erin Boehm
‚ÄčMondays & Tuesdays from 9:00am - 11:30am 
Tuesday Evenings with Marion Caws from 5pm - 6:30pm starting Oct. 24

Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12:15pm - 2:45pm

Facebook page "Cranbrook StrongStart'‚Äč

ISABELLA DICKEN ‚Äč‚ÄčELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Fernie) - 1301 2nd Ave. (Portable behind Isabella Dicken Elementary)‚Äč

Celine Hawkins
Janet Kuijt
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‚Äč‚Äč1301 2nd Ave. (Portable behind Isabella Dicken Elementary)

‚ÄčMonday through Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm (Following the school calendar)

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčFacebook page "StrongStart Fernie"‚Äč


FRANK J. MITCHELL ELEM‚Äč‚ÄčENTARY SCHOOL (Sparwood) - 101 Blue Spruce

‚ÄčChristine Watson
Renee MacCormack

‚ÄčMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm (Following the school calendar)
Wednesdays 12:00pm - 3:00pm 
Facebook Page "Sparwood StrongStart