About Us

Children are the most amazing people. They’re full of energy, full of questions, and full of wonder. At Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool, we give 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-day preschool and kindergarten programs are designed specifically for little people—to start them on the path to a life-long love of learning. You’re not sending your child to daycare; you’re enrolling them in a preschool where they’ll build relationships, express their individuality, embrace independence, and love to learn.

Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education, which governs our entire operation so your child receives an exceptional early learning experience. We work closely with agencies such as Speech Services Niagara, the Region of Niagara’s Child Services Department, and the Niagara Regional Health Department to ensure the individual needs of every child come 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 The Teaching Team

Lindsay Ostermann

Supervisor | Lead Preschool Teacher

Along with her love of children and commitment to learning, Lindsay holds both an Early Childhood Education Diploma from Niagara College and a Child & Youth Worker Diploma from Niagara College.

Lindsay is constantly looking for new ways to engage the children in her care. She finds creative ways to incorporate learning into every fun activity!

Prior to joining the preschool in 2018, Lindsay was an Early Childhood Educator with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, and spent several years working with adolescents with behavioral and emotional challenges. She is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Registered Early Childhood Educators.

Kayla Edwards

Preschool Teacher

Kayla’s love of teaching and her enthusiasm for different cultures has led her on many adventures around the world. She earned her International Teaching Certification in 2009 and followed that up with a diploma in Addiction and Community Services from Everest College. For the next 10 years, she taught abroad in China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, as well as volunteered for international organizations benefitting women and children. In addition to the work she does at Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool, she’s the Founder and Head Teacher for Learning Adventures and Beyond, a learning-based vocational camp for international students.

Bianca Mueller

Preschool Teacher

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. 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.

Kim Bond

Preschool Aid

Kim is a long-time child care provider who is also an active community volunteer. While raising her two sons, she stayed involved in their schools and served as a parent advocate on the Special Education Committee. She then spent 20 years providing in-home child care and volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at Gilmore Lodge, spending many hours with long-term care residents in the dementia ward. In 2017, she began volunteering with Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool before accepting a regular support staff position. 

I was looking for a place where my little one could grow with nature and the realities of life while learning and this place is it. A humble, very personal and wonderful learning environment for the kids and nothing more. My son is learning so fast and he is being taken care of so well. It’s what kids need and I am happy to have him registered for next year already! We highly recommend Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool.

Brittany C.

Fort Erie’s Best Kept Secret

Did you know Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool has been a part of the community for nearly 40 years?

The preschool first opened its doors in the lower level of St. Paul’s Church in September 1984 with nine students and one teacher. At the time, the school system did not yet offer a junior kindergarten program, so the preschool provided a unique service to the community.

Not surprisingly, the preschool quickly became a popular alternative to daycare. It was perfect for families who were looking for a place for their children to 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 (now ELKP) into the school system, Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool has evolved to fit the needs of Fort Erie families. We now offer preschool programs that cater to children between the ages of 30 months and 6 years, and we’ve re-introduced kindergarten programs to give families concerned about Covid-19 an alternative to larger schools.

Each day is filled with opportunities for your child to learn and grow and (most importantly) have fun!