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The Sunshine Coast is a community that is coming together in support of its young children. Early childhood is recognized as an unique time in human growth and development, which can set trajectories across a lifetime. The Sunshine Coast  has an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Planning Table that meets monthly with a facilitator and representatives from community agencies and partners that include School District No. 46, Sunshine Coast Community Services, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Ministry for Children and Family  Development, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, United Way and many others. StrongStart, Parent-Tot Drop-In Programs, SPARK!, Success By Six, KinderSPARK!, Bellies and Babies, are some of the programs offered in our community. Annually in April, the Early Years Fair occurs in Sechelt. This events is a day of fun activities and entertainment with free lunch, busing and prizes for everyone with children under school age.

Locally developed programs such as Community Television, Native Studies, Peer Counselling, and many others enjoy a high rate of elementary and secondary student participation.

Career Preparation, Cooperative Transition and Graduate Apprenticeship programs operate in the District’s secondary schools. Culinary Arts, ACE-IT Programs are popular in the district.

Core French language instruction is provided to students in grades five to eight at every school .

The Sunshine Coast Alternative School consists of 10 self-contained programs located at different sites. These are district programs that take both school and self or family referrals. Students are referred to district programs by schools when students' educational  needs, emotional or behavioural difficulties prevent their home school from being able to provide an educational program. Students may self-refer when  his/her educational needs require alternative paths from the regular school environment.

Gibsons-based programs include: Gibsons Pathfinder, Gibsons Alternate Program (GAP), Cedar Grove Social Development, Field Program, Outreach. Sechelt-based programs include: Community Learning Centre, Horizons, NDVR, Phoenix, Outreach.

In addition, the district offers Distributed Learning Programs: SPIDER (Students Participating In Distance Education Resources).


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