StrongStart Programs


StrongStart is a free, drop-in early learning program for children birth to 5 years who are accompanied by a parent, or caregiver

Play is Learning!

The Cowichan Valley School District offers various StrongStart Early Learning Centers. Our StrongStart programs provide an abundant learning environment, promoting social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Play is learning and our qualified early childhood educators support the children in interacting with others their age. The early childhood educators help increase and support the parent-child connection.

Qualified Early Childhood Educators lead learning activities such as stories, music, and art to help your child prepare for success in Kindergarten.

StrongStart programs operate throughout the school year, following the current school calendar for closures. The intended age level is birth to 5 years of age, along with their parent or caregiver and each program operates on a drop-in basis for free.


REGISTRATION is completed when attending for the first time at the StrongStart program nearest you.

On your first visit, please bring:

  • Proof of Age for Child(ren) (Birth Certificate or Passport)

Locations & Hours of 2023/2024 StrongStart Programs

Alexander Elementary

2471 Beverly St., Duncan


8:30 am – 11:30 am


Chemainus Community School

3172 Garner St., Chemainus

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Tuesday & Thursday

Out and About Adventures (Please connect with the StrongStart team directly regarding these outings)


Drinkwater Elementary

6236 Lane Rd., Duncan

Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 11:30 am


George Bonner Elementary

3060 Cobble Hill Rd., Mill Bay

Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 11:30 am


Wendy’s House

2557 Beverly St., Duncan

Monday – Thursday

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Click Here for the StrongStart Brochure

StrongStart Registration Form