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 program is 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 Our Preschool Teachers
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.
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 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 remains a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.
“When children have the benefit of a high-quality early childhood education, they make cognitive and social gains
that prepare them to start school. These foundational skills allow them to
build on their learning and knowledge through school and into adulthood.” (ThinkProgress, 2013)
Fort Erie’s Best Kept Secret
Did you know Fort Erie Co-operative Preschool has been a part of the community for 35 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 a half-day preschool program that caters to children between the ages of 30 months and 5 years and we’ve introduced an after-school care program for children in JK, SK, and Grade 1. Each day is filled with opportunities for your child to learn and grow and (most importantly) have fun!