Early Learning

The early years (from birth to age 8) are a critically important time in human development. Research tells us that these years set the foundation for lifelong learning. Our early learning philosophies are supported and guided by the British Columbia Early Learning Framework. To support families with children ages 0 to 5 years old, SD62 is happy to offer various free programs such as Strong Start, Ready, Set, Learn and Ready, Set, Read.

Sooke Family Resource Society Links:

Early Learning Programs
Parent & Child Drop-In Programs
Child Care Resource and Referral

Strong Start

New! Parents MUST book in advance to attend.

  • Book up to 48 hours in advance
  • Only one adult can accompany child(ren)
  • Adult must wear mask at all times
  • Families may only attend/book one inside day per week maximum

SD62 Strong Start info flyer

Strong Start is a free program where children aged 0-5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, can participate in organized sessions which include play activities, circle time, snack time, and activities that help develop gross motor skills.

Participants must bring their child’s birth certificate or passport to register.

Strong Start is offered at the following schools: (Click on the school to see schedule and location information)

Colwood Elementary - Book now

  • Monday, Friday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (outdoors)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00– 11:00 a.m. (indoors)

3000 Wishart Road, Victoria, BC V9C 1P4
(250) 478-2332

Hans Helgesen Elementary - Book now

  • Tuesday 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday 1 – 3 p.m.

4983 Rocky Point Road. Victoria, BC V9C 4G4
(250) 478-3431

John Muir Elementary - Book now

  • Monday, Thursday 9 – 11 a.m. (indoors)
  • Wednesday, Friday 9 – 11 a.m. (outdoors)
  • Tuesday 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (outdoors)

7179 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0R7
(250) 642-5427

Ruth King Elementary - Book now

  • Monday & Friday, 9 – 11 a.m. (indoors)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9 – 11 a.m. (outdoors)

2764 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 3X6
(250) 478-8368

Millstream Elementary - Book now

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday 9 – 11 a.m.

626 Hoylake Road, Victoria, BC V9B 3P7
(250) 478-8348

Willway Elementary - Book now

  • Monday to Friday, 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. (indoors)

2939 Mt. Wells Drive, Victoria, BC V9B 4T4
(250) 478-1213

Port Renfrew Elementary - no booking

  • Fridays 12 noon – 3 p.m.

6633 Deering Road, Port Renfrew, BC V0S 1K0
(250) 647-5577

Ready, Set, Learn!

Note: Due to COVID-19, Our Ready, Set, Learn events will not be happening in the 2020/21 school year.

Event Information 

Parent Booklet

Ready, Set, Learn! is an early learning program designed to welcome three-year-olds and their families to the school system. Ready, Set, Learn! events include information for parents and caregivers about local resources, play opportunities for children and other activities that promote learning in the early years. These events are held twice annually in SD62.

Ready, Set, Read!

Ready Set Read Schedule 2019/2020

Ready, Set, Read! is an evening program for children birth through 5 years old. Facilitated by Strong Start coordinators, this event is a fun and free evening for children and their families.

Play games, enjoy snacks and listen to a few delightful stories and songs. Running shoes suggested, wear pajamas if you like!

This great event is offered at each elementary school in SD62.

Roots of Empathy

Note: Due to COVID-19, our Roots of Empathy program will not be happening in the 2020/21 school year.

Are you a proud parent with a new baby?

Will your baby be 2 - 4 months old in October?

You and your baby could be a Roots of Empathy family. Find out more information here or contact our learning team at cring@sd62.bc.ca