StrongStart Overview

StrongStart Parent-Tot Drop-In Centres are designed to provide a family drop-in program located within a school setting. This is in response to the vast body of research that supports the importance of the first five years of life for laying the foundation for children’s success in school. The experiences that children have in the early years influence their future health, well-being, and life-long learning. The Ministry of Education, School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) and Sunshine Coast Community Services have partnered together to offer StrongStart Parent-Tot Centres in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay and Madeira Park Elementary schools, in order to positively affect the future lives of the children in our community.

The centres are open for three hours a day, five days a week. Children from birth to age five and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers can drop in to the centre free of charge to participate in programs designed to support early learning. The centres are staffed with qualified Early Childhood Educators, especially trained to work with young children and their families. Family Support is also provided in many of the programs on specific days through Sunshine Coast Community Services. Programming in the centres includes activities that support the pre-literacy development of children through language rich environments and play. Families have the opportunity to participate in circle times that include stories, music, singing and movement. The centres offer many wonderful books for parents to read with their children, and materials such as puppets, felt-boards, and dramatic props are available in order to encourage language and literacy activities. Creativity and self-expression are supported through participation in art, building and play activities. Families also have the opportunity to visit the school gym, playgrounds, and libraries.

StrongStart Parent-Tot Drop-In Centres are open throughout the school year, from September to June, on days when schools are in session. Each day a snack will be provided for all participants. The StrongStart Parent-Tot Drop-In Centres are offered at no charge to families.

Drop-in for a visit!

For more information on the StrongStart program, phone Kirsten Deasey (604) 741-5787
Sunshine Coast
School District No. 46
(Sunshine Coast)
StrongStart Parent-Tot Drop-In Centres are open on all days school is in session. You and your child can explore, play and learn in an environment that is friendly, supportive and inspiring! A snack will be served daily!
To register, bring your child’s birth certificate or passport AND your child’s carecard to your local StrongStart Parent-Tot Centre. Registration Forms are provided on-site.
Drop-in for a visit!
We have five locations:

Gibsons Early Years Centre
Gibsons Elementary School
783 School Road, Gibsons
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Roberts Creek Elementary School
1088 Roberts Creek Rd.,
Roberts Creek
9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)
Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sechelt Early Years Centre
Sechelt Learning Centre
5538 Shorncliffe Avenue,
(across from the Library and Swimming Pool) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Halfmoon Bay Elementary
School 8086 Northwood Road,
Halfmoon Bay
8:30 am – 11:30 am

Madeira Park Elementary School
5012 Gonzalez Road,
Madeira Park
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Tuesdays Hours: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm)

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial contirbution of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education.