Early Learning

Early Learning Framework


The BC Early Learning Framework guides and supports the work that we do in SD22 with our youngest learners from birth to 8 years old.

The Framework provides a vision for respectfully living and learning together and creates a common language and increased understanding of the vital importance of early learning for all young children in SD22, from our StrongStart BC programs to our primary classrooms.

We are using the Early Learning Framework to:

  • Support dialogue and reflection among educators regarding the importance of the development and learning of young children
  • Guide the decisions we make with our early learning programs and activities
  • Encourage discussion with families about their child’s early learning
  • Shape our professional development opportunities for educators

BC Early Learning Framework

Early Learning Framework: A Guide for Families

StrongStart BC


Our StrongStart BC locations provide school-based early learning services for families and caregivers and their pre-school children ages 0-5yrs, at no cost to families.  SD22 is proud of the StrongStart programs we provide in three of our elementary schools: Alexis Park, Mission Hill, and Okanagan Landing.

Both children and adults benefit from StrongStart BC early learning programs because children have access to high-quality learning environments and benefit from social interactions with other young children. Facilitated by passionate Early Childhood Educators, our StrongStart BC programs engage families in meaningful learning experiences and helps families learn ways to support their child’s development both at the program and in the home.

Alexis Park Elementary School:
Monday – Friday, 9:00-11:30am & 12:30-3:00pm
4205 – 35 Street, Vernon
StrongStart Coordinator: Cori Novakowski
Contact: 250-545-7289

Mission Hill Elementary School:
Monday – Friday, 9:00-11:30am
1510 – 36th Street, Vernon
StrongStart Coordinator: Gail Cunningham
Contact: 250-545-0639

Okanagan Landing Elementary School:
Monday – Friday, 9:00-11:30am
7322 Grant Road, Vernon
StrongStart Coordinator: Lori Webb
Contact: 250-542-1181

2020-2021 School Year: To ensure the health and safety of children, families, and staff, our StrongStart BC programs have been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our programs look and feel a little different for now, but we are open and look forward to welcoming children and families.

Please review the following information regarding our current program re-opening procedures:

StrongStart Re-Opening Procedures

StrongStart Registration Form

Early Learning Centres


Parents as Literacy Supporters (PALS)

In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Okanagan, School District #22 is pleased to offer PALS: Parents as Literacy Supporters.

This virtual program provides parents and caregivers strategies to support their kindergarten-aged children’s learning in fun and interactive ways.  PALS sessions focus on the importance of Linking Literacy and Play.

Please register for your school session below.  These sessions are offered at 9:30am.

Alexis Park & Harwood – Thursday, April 8, 2021

Okanagan Landing, Ellison & Mission Hill – Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Kidston, Coldstream & vLearn – Wednesday, April 21,  2021

JW Inglis, Cherryville & Lavington – Thursday, April 22, 2021

BX, Silver Star & Hillview – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

If you cannot attend your school’s daytime session, please join us on an evening or weekend session:

Thursday, April 15 @ 6:30pm

Saturday, April 24 @ 10:00am

Tuesday, April 27 @ 6:30pm



Ready, Set, Learn

Community Supports