Learning

Young kids learn at an incredible rate. They’re like sponges for information. Babies are trying everything for the first time, kids are always asking “why?”

This page lists a few of the programs in the Comox Valley that can help to feed your little one’s limitless curiosity.

 
 

Valley Dads

A night to celebrate time for children and their dads! Kids grab your dad, grandpa or male caregiver and join us each Wednesday of the month for Valley Dads

Get In Touch

Contact: Elisha Almeida
Phone: 250-338-9906
Email: valleyfamilies@cvllc.ca

 
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EARLY YEARS INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Early Years Aboriginal Program provides support and networking for families. The program is designed to fill a gap for families to provide support and socialization, while incorporating traditional teachings and current parenting techniques. Suitable for children 0-4+ accompanied by their parents or other family/caregiver members who are an important part of the child’s life.

The program is open Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11:45 am (September to June) and includes a healthy snack. This program offers cultural facilitators, presentations and activities; designed to meet the needs of the child.

Transportation may be available if needed, and registration is on going.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-465-9944
Email: eyap@uiwona.ca
Location: Courtenay Elementary School, 1540 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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ABORIGINAL HEAD START PRESCHOOL

“Our child, our future”

Aboriginal Head Start offers two programs a day from Monday to Thursday at 9 am – 11:15 am or 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm. This is a licensed preschool that for children ages 3 to 5 years (must be 3 by December 31st).

This program focuses on Aboriginal Culture, has qualified Early Childhood Educators and provides transportation and meals. The registration is always open and has no charge.

The overall goal of the Comox Valley Aboriginal Head Start program is to foster the early childhood development of Aboriginal children in conjunction with plans and methods designed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-334-2477
Email: cvahs@shaw.ca
Location: Aboriginal Head Start, 956 Grieve Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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COMOX VALLEY TOY LIBRARY SOCIETY

The toy library is a place where families and caregivers can borrow toys.

What are the benefits to borrowing toys?

  • It saves money!

  • It’s a good way to see if your child likes a toy before buying it.

  • It helps cut down on clutter and storage issues.

  • It’s good for the environment.

  • It’s a chance to try different types of toys as your child grows.

  • It’s an excellent rainy day strategy (bringing out something “new” to play with!)

Does it cost anything to join the toy library?

Memberships to the Comox Library Toy Library Society are $20/year. That fee can be waived, though, if your income is low. You can ask about this when you register. (You may be asked to produce your most recent Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment to verify eligibility or if your family has PLAY booklets from the Comox Valley Regional District Sports and Aquatic Centres, you can show these, instead.)

Get In Touch

Contact: Renee
Phone: 250—668-4562
Email: cvtoylibrary@gmail.com
Location: St. George’s United Church, 505 6th Street, Courtenay (map)

 
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FAMILY STORYTIME AT CUMBERLAND LIBRARY

Drop-in for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Songs, stories, rhymes and other fun!

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-336-8121
Email: cumberland@virl.bc.ca
Location: Cumberland Library, 2724 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland (map)

 
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FAMILY STORYTIME AT COURTENAY LIBRARY

Drop-in for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Songs, stories, rhymes and other fun!

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-334-3369
Email: courtenay@virl.bc.ca
Location: Courtenay Library, 300 6th Street, Courtenay (map)

 
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FAMILY STORYTIME AT COMOX LIBRARY

Drop-in for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Songs, stories, rhymes and other fun!

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-339-2971
Email: comox@virl.bc.ca
Location: Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue, Comox (map)

 

FRIDAY’S CHILD

The program supports parents and families who face challenges with daily tasks as a result of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other cognitive or behavioural difficulties. The program provides a safe environment for Aboriginal children and their families who face extraordinary challenges in ordinary situations.

Families participate in confidential talking circles and find support with our highly-trained staff and a supportive community. Transportation and a healthy lunch is provided. The program is free.

Phone: 250-465-2066
Email: fridayschild@shaw.ca
Location: Aboriginal Head Start, 956 Grieve Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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STRONGSTART (SCHOOL DISTRICT #71)

This is a drop-in early learning program for children from newborn – 5 years of age, accompanied by their parent or caregiver.

Children, families and caregivers attending StrongStart centres can expect a play-based environment which includes circle time, art, snack and gym.

StrongStart centres are located in 7 Comox Valley elementary schools:

  • Brooklyn Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Meghan Hunt

    • Contact: 250-339-2232

  • Courtenay Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Carlene Steeves

    • Contact: 250-338-5396

  • Royston Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Phylis Edgar

    • Contact: 250-334-2161

  • (ON HOLD) Cumberland Community School (map)

    • Contact: 250-336-8511

  • Puntledge Park Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Phylis Edgar

    • Contact: 250-334-4495

  • Queneesh Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Colleen Friendship

    • 250-334-4089

  • Aspen Park Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Phylis Edgar

    • Contact: 250-890-0944

Please bring your child's birth certificate or passport when you come to your first Strong Start.

 

PARENTS + TOTS

This weekly drop-in group is a chance to bring your children 0-5 years of age for crafts, play and a variety of early learning activities.

It is also an opportunity for you to meet with other parents for support and to learn about community resources.

Get In Touch

Contact: Chrystal
Phone: 250-702-3019
Location: Fanny Bay Hall, 7793 Island Highway, Fanny Bay (map)