History & Founders

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History & Founders


History of The Creative Preschool of East Toronto

The Creative Preschool of East Toronto’s co-founders are Wendy Hardy and Georgia Bowen.  They began the school as a private nursery school in 1979 in the Borough of East York at Todmorden Mills. The school became incorporated as a non-profit school shortly after its beginning.  In 1998 the preschool relocated to Bridgepoint Health and began developing an Intergenerational program integrating activities with the patients of the hospital. In 2002 the preschool began the process of operating more officially as a Childcare Co-operative with a volunteer board of directors made up of parents who are responsible for the corporation. This first volunteer board wrote the by-laws for the corporation in 2002. In January 2008 CPS moved to a temporary location in the former St. Williams Catholic School at 343 Jones Ave. while more permanent space was made ready at Eastern Commerce Collegiate at 16 Phin Avenue which opened the summer of 2008.


Co-Founders Wendy Hardy and Georgia Bowen

In 1979 we launched The Creative Preschool with a handful of puzzles, children, parents and creative ideas.  Now we have rooms full of puzzles and equipment, hundreds of graduate children, parents and many more teachers with creative ideas.

We’re proud of the school we’ve established in our community and pleased The Creative Preschool of East Toronto has stayed true to its ideals.  What makes the school unique is being an environment which models acknowledgement of feelings, positive discipline and problem solving skills.

The preschool has always been a “labour of love” and we have been privileged over the years to have parents entrust the care and early stimulation of their children to us. We have now entrusted the development and care of The Creative Preschool to the parents, as members of the parent cooperative, and to the staff, who carry on our philosophy. We honour each one of you who have contributed so much in your own “labours of love”.