Early Learning Initiatives
StrongStart BC Operations Guide
The StrongStart BC Operations Guide has been created to help school districts plan, set up, run, and improve the quality of their StrongStart BC early learning programs. Building on provincial StrongStart BC early learning program policies, this guide provides suggestions for district-level policy development and ideas for program management.
How to use this guide
StrongStart BC Facilitators can use this guide to help set up and plan their programs, reflect on and self evaluate their practices, create welcoming environments for families, build connections with the community, and dialogue with principals and other district leaders.
Principals can use this guide to provide leadership for the StrongStart BC early learning program, to find ways of connecting the program to the larger school community, and to facilitate dialogue among facilitators, teachers, families, and community members.
District Early Learning Contacts can use this guide to appreciate the role of the school district in supporting its programs, to guide the creation of new programs, to help with staffing decisions, to monitor program quality, and to facilitate communication between the facilitator, families, the school district, and the community.
Superintendents can use this guide to not only better understand the StrongStart BC early learning program and the district’s responsibilities, but also stimulate dialogue among various groups in the education and early learning sector and the broader community.
How this guide is organized
The StrongStart BC Operations Guide is organized into seven sections:
- Facility Set Up
- Working with Families
- Program Delivery
- The Role of the Facilitator
- School District Responsibilities
- Health and Safety Practices
Each section provides information on selected topics, as well as hyper-links that provide additional information and examples of effective practices.This guide can be viewed online, or it can be printed. Updates and new information to the guide may be occasionally added and new information will be clearly indicated in the document.