Welcome back everyone! Autumn is here and StrongStart is now open. Here’s a peek into what our classroom looks like right now. Safety protocols for StrongStart are still in place. You can find the on-line registration and more information on the protocols with this link:  https://burnabyschools.ca/strongstart/

If you have any questions about registering for in-class sessions, please email me at Elizabeth.jung-liu@burnabyschools.ca

A reminder that you can still access the Wednesday Sing-a-long videos and all the other activities previously posted.  To the right of the page, you’ll find them under “Categories.”  In future, the blog will be used for StrongStart updates and messages from our Community Supports.

I hope to see you back at StrongStart!


Community Supports:

Our lovely Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson, has the following to share:

Hard to believe that we are at the beginning of October already! Please check out the attached information from the Early Childhood Development Table – you will find free family programing and links to registrations for this fall in Burnaby. There is a lot to choose from, make sure to take a peek!

Meet me in the Park! Free one-on-one consultations at your favorite Burnaby Park with me, Anita. Ask your questions, concerns and curiosity about your 0-5 year old child’s development, behaviour, child – caregiver relationship, effective strategies, and parenting information. Call/text or email Anita 604-723-9548 or email aolson@fsgv.ca to set up an appointment. Virtual appointments are also available!

Children learn from their parents, caregivers, community and elders. They will copy and follow adults’ actions, including how to interact with others. Caregivers and parents are very influential as they help kids understand this complicated, flawed and often unfair world. Your words and actions matter. Here are some ideas on how to talk about race, racism and anti-racism with preschoolers. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca.

What you can do to discuss racial equality with young children:

·         Don’t be afraid to talk about differences. “Did you know that people are born with different skin colours?”

·         Share how biases make you feel and why. “It makes me sad that rules allow certain groups of people to be treated differently.”

·         Frame things as fair and unfair. “This book included white inventors. That’s unfair because _______ invented things too.”

·         Distinguish between different and weird. “Just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s weird. Differences should be celebrated!”

·         Respect and encourage your child’s curiosity. “That is a good question…I don’t know the answer, but let’s learn together.”


Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7