Burnaby StrongStart Centres are offering a blended model of in-person programming at StrongStart centres, outdoor exploration at local parks or on school grounds, and virtual outreach to stay connected to families who aren’t quite ready to visit us in person. Schedules vary for each StrongStart location and not all centres are open for in-person programming.
In-person visits and outdoor explorations will be limited to four families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum) in order to maintain safe physical distancing. All in-person programs will run from 9:30am to 11:00am to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
There is no drop-in StrongStart. All families (new and returning) must register online for the 2020-21 year. The total number of registered families will determine the number of times per month families can attend an in-person StrongStart program. Burnaby StrongStart programs are available to Burnaby residents only. Families can attend at one location only.
StrongStart In-Person Classroom locations:
- Cascade Heights Elementary – Registration is now full
- Maywood Community School – Registration is now full
StrongStart In-Person Classroom and Outdoor Exploration Session locations:
- Chaffey-Burke Elementary
- Edmonds Community School
- Lochdale Community School
- Stoney Creek Community School
- Twelfth Avenue Elementary
StrongStart Outdoor Exploration Session locations:
- Forest Grove Elementary
- Kitchener Elementary
- Morley Elementary
- Second Street Community School
- Stride Avenue Community School
Registration for StrongStart is now open!
How do I register?
- All new and returning families must register online for the 2020-2021 year.
- Please register for the StrongStart Centre closest to you home.
- Click this link https://registration.sd41.bc.ca/Forms/strongstartregistration, fill out the registration form and submit.
- Once your registration form is processed, a StrongStart Educator will contact you to schedule your visits (all visits need to be scheduled this year). Please allow time for your registration to be processed.
Please register for the StrongStart Centre closest to your home. As space is extremely limited we will do our best to accommodate families who register for locations that do not have in-person classroom sessions available at this time. All StrongStart Educators will continue virtual outreach to families.
What do I do when I arrive at the school?
- Please arrive on time.
- There will be clear StrongStart signage at the school when you arrive. Follow the signage to the designated outdoor entrance and wait on one of the markers for the StrongStart Educator to welcome you (please do not enter the school building on your own).
- A Daily Health Check will be done by the educator before you come in to the school or classroom.
- You and your child(ren) will be required to sanitize your hands prior to entering the school or StrongStart classroom.
- All adults are required to wear a mask.
- The StrongStart Educator will sign you in once you arrive.
What will StrongStart look like?
- In each in-person classroom session there will be a maximum of four families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum).
- In each outdoor session there will be a maximum of four families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum).
- We cannot accommodate childcare providers at this time.
- All adults must physically distance from each other and children not their own.
- Children will be encouraged to minimize physical contact with each other, unless part of the same family unit.
- It is not necessary to attempt to eliminate close contact between children, recognizing the importance of children’s emotional, physical, and developmental needs.
- Activities that encourage individual play and more space between children, staff, and parents will be organized.
- StrongStart classrooms will have equipment and materials set up for you and your child(ren) to explore together.
- Songs, stories, music, and movement will be organized to support physical distancing between adults.
- Access to washroom facilities is limited but not prohibited. Please use your home facilities before coming to the StrongStart centre.
- There will be no scheduled library or gym time.
- Individually packaged snacks will be distributed at the end of each centre visit.
What about illness?
- Children, adults, and staff should stay at home when they are sick and monitor symptoms for 24 hours or when new symptoms of illness develop, such as:
– Difficulty breathing (in small children this can look like breathing fast or working hard to breathe)
– Loss of sense of smell or taste
– Nausea or vomiting
- If symptoms include fever or difficulty breathing or if symptoms last for more than 24 hours or get worse, seek a health assessment by calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider and follow their advice.
- Children or adults who become sick while in the StrongStart setting will be asked go home as soon as possible.
- Children and staff should:
– Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue (“cover your coughs”).
– Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
– Not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands (“hands below your shoulders”).
- Access the StrongStart Program Daily Health Check here
StrongStart BC Programs follow the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Access the information at http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Guidance_Child_Care.pdf
To connect to your StrongStart Educator’s Blog Post please click on the link below:
Cascade Heights https://sd41blogs.ca/cascade-strongstart/
Forest Grove https://sd41blogs.ca/forestgrove-strongstart/
Second Street https://sd41blogs.ca/second-strongstart/
Stoney Creek https://sd41blogs.ca/stoney-strongstart/
Stride Avenue https://sd41blogs.ca/stride-strongstart/
Twelfth Avenue https://sd41blogs.ca/twelfth-strongstart/
Windsor Family Drop-in https://sd41blogs.ca/windsor-strongstart/
WHAT IS A STRONGSTART CENTRE?
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 StrongStart Educators are qualified Early Childhood Educators. They 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 Burnaby Public Library, Information Children, and Fraser Health Dental Screening are also invited to come and share how they can help support you and your family. Educators can connect you to additional community resources as well.
There is no cost to attend StrongStart but the parent/primary caregiver is required to remain with their child and fully engage and participate in the program.
There are 12 StrongStart BC Early Learning Centres located in elementary schools throughout Burnaby. They are located in schools or on school grounds so you and your child (ages 0-5 years) become part of the school community even before your child enters kindergarten.
For more information on StrongStart BC CLICK HERE