Children are the most amazing people. They’re full of energy, full of questions, and full of wonder. Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool gives them a place to use that energy, to find answers to their questions, and to explore the wonders of the world around them.

Our half- and full-day play-based preschool programs are designed specifically for little people—to start them on the path to a life-long love of learning. You’re not sending them to daycare; you’re enrolling them in a preschool where they will build relationships, express their individuality, embrace independence, and love to learn.

Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool is governed by the Ministry of Education, which sets out our policies and procedures. We work closely with agencies such as Speech Services Niagara, the Niagara Child Development Center, and the Niagara Regional Health Department to ensure the individual needs of every child comes first. The school is also a member of the Early Childhood Community Development Center (ECCDC), which provides valuable resources and excellent continuous learning courses for staff to improve their skills and build on their qualifications.

Meet Our Preschool Teachers:

Grace Maskell

Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University in 1975 and earned her teaching degree (specializing in primary education) a year later from Brock University’s College of Education. She taught for 14 years with the Welland County Separate School Board and joined the Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool in 1995. She is also one of the founding members of the preschool, and sat on the original Board of Directors in 1984 when her own children attended. She remains a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Bianca Mueller

Bianca graduated in 2000 from Brock University’s 4-year Concurrent Program with a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts degree (specializing in primary-junior education), which she quickly put to work as an occasional teacher with the District School Board of Niagara for 7 years. She also taught Grade 1 at Stamford Green Day Nursery School in Niagara Falls. Bianca joined the Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool in 2013 after her youngest child graduated from the preschool. She is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.

A Part of Fort Erie’s History

Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool first opened its doors in the lower level of St. Paul’s Church on September 1984 with nine students and one teacher. Since the public school system did not yet offer a junior kindergarten program at the time, the preschool provided a unique service to the community. Not surprisingly, the school quickly became a popular alternative to daycare and the preferred choice for families who were looking for a place their children could go to meet and socialize with other kids their age. Within just a few years, the school boasted a staff of three and a full enrollment (plus a waiting list!)

Since the introduction of kindergarten into the public school system, Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool has modified its programming to cater to children between the ages of 30 months and 4 years. Each day is filled with opportunities for the children to learn and grow personally and academically, though they’d never know it—they’re having too much fun to notice!

My husband and I are so grateful that Ms. Grace has been our daughter’s first teacher. She loves going to school and we are amazed every day at the things she comes home with! Thank you, Ms. Grace, and the Fort Erie Co-operative preschool for everything you do!!!

- Aimee S.

My daughter attended in 1987 and my son in 1989 with Ms. Alma and Ms. Wendy. This year I have the pleasure of bringing my grandson to Ms. Grace and Ms. Bianca. They are caring, understanding, patient teachers, allowing each child to learn at their individual pace.

- Wendy G.

There aren’t enough words to describe the incredible experience we had with our girls at the preschool. Ms. Grace is everything you could hope for in a preschool teacher: She’s patient and dedicated, and she genuinely loves every child who walks through the door.

- Dianne D.