What is a StrongStart Centre?

A StrongStart Centre is a school-based, early learning parent participation program and provides a new gateway to lifelong learning. On your first visit to any StrongStart Centre, please bring your child’s Birth Certificate and Care Card to register into the program.

It offers a high quality early learning opportunity to families with young children that encourages problem-solving skills, self-esteem building practices, and the social skills that will help them successfully manage in school and lay a foundation for life-long learning.

This program recognizes that the parent is the first and most important teacher in a child’s life. Increased involvement in their child’s education contributes to success and teaches family literacy and the importance of a family-involved education.

The StrongStart Early Learning Centres are funded and supported by the Ministry of Education and School District No. 27.

StrongStart Centres follow the School District No. 27 School Calendar, and close for holidays, Professional Development Days, and Not-In Session days.  StrongStart is offered at the following Locations (click on the school to find more information):

Williams Lake and Region

Cataline Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Leigha Holley
(250) 392-7154
Monday to Friday

Marie Sharpe Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Naomi Weil
(250) 398-3843
Monday to Friday

Mountview Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Amandah Cullum
(250) 392-7344
Monday to Friday

150 Mile House Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Tina Branch
(250) 296-3356
Tuesday & Thursday

Horsefly Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Tina Branch
(250) 620-3438
Monday & Wednesday

100 Mile House and Region

100 Mile Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Tammy Levesque-Holyk
(250) 395-2258
Monday to Friday

Additional Session


Instructor:  Elke Baechmann and Community Helpers
100 Mile House Community Hall

100 Mile Elementary Dinner

Early Childhood Educator:  Elke Baechmann and Rhonda Brown
(250) 395-2258

Forest Grove Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Sheila Nelson
(250) 397-2962
Tuesday & Thursday

Horse Lake Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Kristina Coulson
(250) 395-4572
Tuesday and Wednesday
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lac La Hache Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Jennifer Jones
(250) 396-7230
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Mile 108 Elementary

Early Childhood Educator:  Jennifer Jones
(250) 791-5221
Tuesday & Thursday

Please note, for all 100 Mile and Region StrongStarts:

  • All StrongStart programs run on the School District schedule starting one week later in September and closing 1 week earlier in June – they are also usually closed when schools are closed.
  • Kindergym is a year-round program offered out of the 100 Mile House Community Centre from September-June and outside during July & August.
  • Kindergym may be closed on holidays that fall on Thursdays – please, call Elke.

Please, call Shelly Joyner, Early Years Coordinator for School District 27 for 100 Mile and Region, at 250-395-9303 if you have any questions.

Downloadable Files

Beulah Munson
T: (250) 398-3867

Contact Beulah Munson for more information in Williams Lake and area.

Shelly Joyner

T: (250) 395-9303

Contact Shelly Joyner for more information in 100 Mile House and area.