The early years (from birth to age 8) are a critically important time in human development and we know that these years set the foundation for lifelong learning. 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


Strong Start


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

Monday – Friday, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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

Hans Helgesen Elementary

Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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

John Muir Elementary

Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m.

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

Ruth King Elementary

Monday – Friday, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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

Millstream Elementary

*NOTE: Temporary change in hours

Monday to Friday, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.

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

Willway Elementary

Monday to Friday, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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

Port Renfrew Elementary

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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

Ready, Set, Learn!


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! 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.

2018/2019 Dates

Ready, Set, Read is held from 6-7 p.m.

October 22: Happy Valley Elementary
October 24: Sangster Elementary
November 7: John Muir Elementary
November 14: Sooke Elementary
November 21: David Cameron Elementary
January 9: Ruth King Elementary
January 14: Colwood Elementary
January 30: École John Stubbs
February 4: Willway Elementary
February 6: École Poirier Elementary
February 11: Crystal View Elementary
March 6: Hans Helgesen Elementary
March 11: Savory Elementary
March 13: Lakewood Elementary
April 8: Saseenos Elementary
April 10: Millstream Elementary
April 17: Wishart Elementary 

Sooke School District

3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5R1

Phone: (250) 474-9800
Email: info@sd62.bc.ca

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday