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StrongStart

All Vancouver StrongStart programs are currently open on a drop-in basis. For more program/registration information, please see below. 

Effective Monday, January 9th, 2023 (and will be in effect until further notice), Douglas StrongStart is temporarily relocated to Waverley Elementary School at 6111 Elliott Street (in the Waverley StrongStart Room 107). The program will run from 11:45am to 2:15pm Monday to Friday

StrongStart Early Learning

StrongStart is a free drop-in program offered to parents and caregivers with children ages zero to five years old.  StrongStart program emphasizes learning through play, language and positive social interactions.

StrongStart provides a rich learning environment, designed for early learning development.  Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages.  The overall learning experience is shared as parents and caregivers attend with their children and are encouraged to get involved in activities like telling stories, playing games and serving healthy snacks.  English as a first language is not necessary to attend a StrongStart program.

If you are interested in seeing what a circle time looks like in the classroom, please visit Circle Time Videos to see some of our facilitators.

There are 19 StrongStart programs operating in elementary schools across Vancouver. If you are looking for resources to use at home, please visit our StrongStart Online Resources for more ideas on activities, songs, and stories.

Check the table at the bottom for StrongStart Centres in your neighbourhood. To view a location map, please check our StrongStart Flyer.


Program Details:

  • All Vancouver StrongStart programs are operating on a drop-in format on a first-come first-served basis. 
  • We are open Monday to Friday. Please check below for our closure schedule and hours of operation at each centre.
  • Each family can have only one adult and up to three children. 
  • The number of times you can attend per week is dependent on your center. Please check with your facilitator when you drop-in. 
  • You will be required to sign-in when you enter the classroom. You will also need to complete a daily health check for yourself and your child before coming to the program. Please do not attend if you or your child is sick.
  • There will be no eating in the classroom. Individually packaged snacks will be handed out at the end of the program. Water bottles and milk bottles are okay. 
  • Frequent handwashing is encouraged. 
  • We can only accommodate Vancouver residents.
  • Families can be registered for and attend a maximum of 2 StrongStart centres.

Thank you for all your support, cooperation and understanding!


Returning Families:

If you have already registered and attended StrongStart before, there’s no need for you to re-register your child to attend the same StrongStart centre you attended before. Please download and bring in completed Media and CASL Consent Forms to your StrongStart centre if this is your first return this school year. If you were registered at more than 2 locations in the past, please remember that this year, you can only attend a maximum of 2 StrongStart centres.


New Families:

Please drop-in to the StrongStart centre you would like to attend and register your child in-person with a StrongStart facilitator on your first visit. Our registration is open from September to mid-June. 

What you need to bring:

  • Please download and bring in a completed registration package to the centre you would like to attend.
  • Bring a photocopied proof of child’s birthdate and a proof of residency (showing parent’s name). Acceptable documents are listed on the StrongStart Student Application Form.
  • If you would like to attend 2 centres, you will need to download and bring in the above registration package on your first visit to the second location as well. A proof of child’s birthdate and a proof of residency is NOT required at the second location.


StrongStart Closure Schedule:

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - All StrongStart (except Douglas and Nightingale) will re-open after winter break.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - Nightingale StrongStart will be closed.

Tuesday, January 3 to Friday, January 6 - Douglas StrongStart will be closed. 

Friday, January 6, 2023 - Thunderbird StrongStart will be closed.

Monday, January 9, 2023 - Douglas StrongStart will re-open at Waverley Elementary School. 

Friday, January 13, 2023 - All StrongStart centres will be closed.

Monday, January 16, 2023 - Cook, Douglas, Grenfell, Henderson, Mackenzie, Moberly, Mt. Pleasant, Nightingale, Queen Alexandra, Seymour, Thunderbird, Tillicum Annex, Waverley, and Xpey' StrongStart will be closed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - Champlain Annex StrongStart will be closed.

Friday, January 20, 2023 - Renfrew StrongStart will be closed.

Monday, January 23, 2023 - Selkirk StrongStart will be closed.

Monday, January 30, 2023 - Collingwood AM and PM, and Xpey' StrongStart will be closed.

Friday, February 3, 2023 - All StrongStart centres (except Xpey') will be closed. Xpey' StrongStart will remain open.

Friday, February 17, 2023 - All StrongStart centres will be closed.

Friday, March 3, 2023 - All StrongStart centres will be closed.

Friday, March 10, 2023 - All StrongStart centres will be closed.

Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 24 - All StrongStart centres will be closed.

Monday, March 27, 2023 - All StrongStart will re-open after spring break.

Please note that all StrongStart Centres will also be closed on any statutory holidays.


Vancouver School Board StrongStart Early Learning Centres

A StrongStart location map can also be found in the link below. Please choose "StrongStart Early Learning" under "Search by Program" drop down menu.

School Directory and Map

Champlain Heights Annex 
Rm 107 - 7835 Champlain Cres. V5S 4J6
TEL:   (604) 713-4880
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Nightingale 
Portable  - 2740 Guelph Street V5T 3P7
TEL:  (604) 713-5290
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Collingwood (AM and PM programs)
Rm 107 - 3417 Euclid Ave. V5R 6H2
TEL:  (604) 713-5340
Mon to Fri (AM)9:00am-11:30am
Mon to Fri (PM) 12:30pm-3:00pm
Queen Alexandra 
Room 108 - 1300 E. Broadway V5N 1V6 
TEL:  (604) 713-4599
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Cook 
Rm 160 - 3340 E 54th Ave. V5S 1Z3
TEL:  (604) 713-4828
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am 
Renfrew
Rm 167 - 3315 E 22nd Ave. V5M 2Z2
TEL: (604) 713-4851
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Douglas (temporarily relocated to Waverley)
Rm 107 - 6111 Elliott Street V5S 2M1
TEL:  (604) 713-4752
Monday to Friday
11:45am-2:15pm
Selkirk 
Portable#1  - 1750 E 22nd Ave. V5N 2P7
TEL:  (604) 713-4650
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Grenfell 
Rm 103 - 3323 Wellington Ave. V5R 4Y3
TEL: (604) 713-4844
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Seymour
Rm 012 - 1130 Keefer Street V6A 1Z3
TEL:  (604) 713-4641
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Henderson
Rm 179 - 451 E. 53rd Ave. V5X 1J3
TEL: (604) 713-4837
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Thunderbird 
Rm 108 - 2325 Cassiar Street V5M 3X3
TEL:  (604) 713-4611
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
MacKenzie
Rm 168 - 960 E 39th Ave. V5W 1K8
TEL: (604) 713-4799
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Tillicum Annex 
Rm 107 - 2450 Cambridge Street V5K 1L2
TEL:  (604) 713-4716
Monday to Friday
12:30pm-3:00pm
Moberly 
Rm 8 - 1000 E. 59th Ave. V5X 1Y7 
TEL: (604) 713-4784
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Waverley 
Rm 107 - 6111 Elliott Street V5S 2M1
TEL:  (604) 713-4752
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Mt Pleasant  
Rm 111 - 2300 Guelph Street V5T 3P1 
TEL:  (604) 713-4617
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am
Xpey' 
Rm A102 - 1950 E. Hastings Street V5L 1T7
TEL: (604) 713-4696
Monday to Friday
9:00am-11:30am*
*please check closure schedule above.
On some days, Xpey' is closed in the
morning but will be open in the afternoon.



If you have questions about our StrongStart program, please contact


604-713-4445


 or strongstart@vsb.bc.ca



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