Strong Start Family Drop In Programs

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.

Community partners such as the TNRD Public Library, Public Health, and  Dental Screening might also be invited to come and share how they can help support you and your family. Facilitators can also connect you to additional community resources.

Monday to Friday, there are FREE drop-in programs available at four local schools and three rural schools in our District. These programs are parent-participation preschool programs for children from birth to 5 years old.  Lots of fun, crafts, snacks, stories, and games.

Bumblebees Family Centre at Arthur Hatton Elementary (315 Chestnut Dr) Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:30 – 11:30am, Wed 12 – 2:30pm Phone: (250) 376-7217

Dragonflies at Marion Schilling Elementary (2200 Park Dr) Mon to Fri 8:30-11:30  Phone: (250) 372-2027

Eagles’ Nest at Summit Elementary (425 Monarch Court) Mon to Fri 8:30 – 11:30am Phone: (250) 372-1224

Lady Bugs at AE Perry Elementary (1380 Sherbrooke Ave.) Mon to Fri 8:30 – 11:30am Phone: (250) 376-6224


Raccoons at Raft River Elementary (801 Clearwater Village Rd) Mon - Fri 8:30 - 11:30am Phone: (250) 674-2218

Barriere StrongStart at Barriere Elementary ( 4475 Airfield Rd) Mon - Fri 8:30 - 11:30am Phone: (250) 672-9916

Haldane StrongStart at Hadane Elementary (530 Cottonwood Rd) Mon - Fri 8:30 - 11:30am Phone: (250) 679-3269

**At your first visit you will be asked to complete a registration form – please bring your child’s birth certificate and care card number to be photocopied.      

Registration Form Link