At Barriere Elementary School you will find a classroom occupied with youngsters that are still toddlers, with some almost old enough for kindergarten.
The youngsters, and their caregivers are taking part in Strong Start BC’s Early Childhood Learning Program sponsored by School District 73.
Tracy Murphy, the program facilitator, says five days a week the children come with their caregivers, usually their mom, “For a few hours of learning through play”.
On this day several youngsters were busy around a table working on a painting project, while the youngest ones obviously enjoyed just having a sociable good time.
Murphy explained that one of the goals of Strong Start is helping children to make an easy transition into kindergarten, and also have opportunities to “learn through play” to enhance their developmental progress.
Parents have an opportunity to connect with each other while attending the program, and spending quality time with their youngsters. The children all have a wonderful time playing while learning new skills.