North Vancouver School District
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Early Learning

What is Early Learning?

Early Learning is defined as "the emerging and expanding of young children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and creative capabilities from birth to school entry.

It is a natural, holistic and exploratory process that young children engage in from birth and that lays the foundation for later learning, whether formal or informal. Early learning is part of and related to early childhood development.


Grade 1 students at Sherwood Park celebrating their development as readers.

Early Learning at the North Vancouver School District

Early Learning Foundations (ELF)

The North Vancouver School District’s Early Learning Foundations (ELF) Program is a well-established partnership between the school district and local early learning (preschool and childcare) providers. Click here to learn more.

Ready, Set, Learn

The North Vancouver School District welcomes 3-5 year-olds who have not yet started kindergarten to come and join us with their parents, guardians, childcare providers, or early childhood educators to Ready, Set, Learn – a free virtual event funded by the BC Ministry of Education. Click here to learn more.


StrongStart BC is a preschool program designed for parents, guardians, or caregivers to participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in one-on-one, play-based early learning activities - including stories, music and art. Click here to learn more.

Additional Resources


For more information about Early Learning and Early Literacy at the North Vancouver School District, please contact:

Jeeniece Chand
District Principal, Curriculum, Assessment and Early Learning