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You can now register for StrongStart BC online!

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StrongStart BC is a free early learning program, funded by the Ministry of Education, for pre-school children 0–5 years old and their parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers. Come to enjoy play time, free play, circle time with songs, stories, and crafts provided during each session.  

StrongStart BC is a program that offers today’s families an opportunity to provide their young children with problem-solving skills and the social skills that will help them successfully manage in school or within the community. The time participating in a StrongStart BC program is a wonderful way to begin introducing your child to your neighborhood school community. 

The program is offered in the GYM at REDFISH Elementary School on Mondays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  

It is also offered at Hume Elementary School (Tuesdays from 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM), South Nelson Elementary (Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM), Rosemont Elementary School (Thursdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM), and Blewett Elementary School (Fridays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM).

For more information, please visit our Facebook page.

If you have difficulties registering your child, please contact

For questions about the program, feel free to email


Parent and Child Time (PACT) is a free program for parents/caregivers of children aged birth to 5 years old. Feel free to drop in for crafts, activities, circle time, snacks, and fun! 

REDFISH Parent and Child Time is offered on Friday mornings from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the GYM at REDFISH Elementary School.

For more information, contact Julie at 250-229-2167 or

PACT Provided by the Kootenay Lake Family Network, REDFISH Elementary School, and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL)

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