December Update for StrongStart BC Programs

A couple of reminders and announcements to take us into the new year:

  • A friendly reminder that the next StrongStart BC data extract will happen on January 10, 2012.  Attendance and registration information from September 1 – December 31, 2011 will be extracted at this time.  This extraction happens automatically, but districts need to ensure all children who attend are registered and that their attendance is up to date in BCeSIS. Information from the January 10th extract helps us to understand how the program is being accessed.
  • Janet Powell, who coordinated StrongStart BC for the last four years, is in a new position in the Curriculum and Assessment area, within the Learning Division.  We appreciated Janet for her kind approach and the excellent expertise and advice she provided.  Our deepest appreciation and thanks goes to Janet for her dedication over the years in supporting districts and facilitators.   Our new Ministry contact for StrongStart BC programs is Catherine (Cat) Jensen, who returns to us from her second maternity leave.  Cat is an early childhood educator who has a wealth of field experience and whose children frequently attend their community StrongStart BC program with their grandmother.  Cat can be reached at

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work. I continue to heard from many people that your StrongStart BC programs are wonderful, enriching environments for children and welcoming to the families in your neighbourhoods.    That is something you can all be really proud of creating!

Carolyn Henson

Director, Early Years, Ministry of Education

Workshop Series: Aboriginal Children and Families In B.C.

Marcia Dawson is launching a workshop series in January 2012 on Aboriginal Children and Families in B.C.

The sessions are designed to provide participants with foundational information and understanding about Aboriginal children and families in B.C.  Building on each session, the series of three (3) workshops include:

Why is History Important?  Understanding Aboriginal History in B.C.

This session provides overview of the distinct nation groups within a historical and contemporary context. Using a timeline approach, participants will gain knowledge about key events in history, such as colonization and assimilation, and how those events are linked to contemporary society today. Participants will get an overview of the broad range of issues for Aboriginal children, families and communities.

Resistance and Resilience – Colonization and its Impact on Aboriginal Children and Families in B.C

This session will cover the Indian Act, the Indian Residential Schools, the Indian Day Schools, and the Sixties Scoop along with other events such as the federal government’s apology to First Nations people. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding about the generational impacts on Aboriginal families and communities.

Aboriginal Understandings of Children’s Development – Critical Issues in Policy and Legislation. 

This session will provide an overview of Aboriginal perspectives of early childhood development followed by information about policy issues in program and service delivery for Aboriginal children and families in B.C. as well as discussions regarding the impact of legislation and regulations.

Who Should Attend?

Ministry staff                              Teachers

Government workers               Child Care Providers

Social Workers                           Health Workers

Police, Law Enforcement        Administrators of Service Agencies

StrongStart BC/Early Childhood Educators       

Early Registration is December 9 and Final Registration is December 16, 2011.

To register or for more information, contact: Marcia Dawson at 250.590.9190 or

Orca Bus Celebration


Powell River’s  StrongStart BC Outreach  “ORCA Bus” celebrated 1,000 children attending since September 2010.


Please enjoy some pictures from the celebration.