Our History

  • Celebrating our History

  • Franco-Sol Garderie et Centre de Ressources is a non-profit, charitable organization incorporated in 1988.  It is governed by the Ministry of Education, Early Years Division and licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014.  The organization was previously known as Garderie Scolaire Franco-Sol.  The administration head office is located in Tecumseh, ON.

    Its humble roots began at St. Antoine French Catholic School in Tecumseh, ON.  A group of parents required options for child care before and after school and at the time none were available.  Mary Bauer, an advocate for services for parents and a supporter of French language worked with the Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest (CSDÉCSO) and the City of Windsor and in the 1989-1990 school year, Franco-Sol Garderie et Centre de Ressources opened its doors to families. It was also during this time that many school boards recognized the need of incorporating child care into the school setting thus creating a foundation of learning that would continue with junior and senior kindergarten.

    Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Executive Director, Managers, Administration Staff, Supervisors and Front-Line Staff celebrate Franco-Sol Garderie et Centre de Ressources’ 30 years of quality Francophone child care to families in Windsor-Essex.  With twelve child care sites within CSC Providence and CS Viamonde schools, two EarlyON locations and one child minding site within Collège Boréal Franco-Sol offers both full and part-time programs year round to children 18 months to 12 years of age.

    Over the years the commitment, hard work and passion of our educators have supported the learning and care of thousands of children in Windsor-Essex.  In collaboration with families, the staff have created an enriching curriculum based on How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. The mission of providing families with exceptional child care in a francophone environment is at the heart of teaching and nurturing our youngest learners in the important developmental stages of life as well as incorporating an environment that ensures all children have a sense of belonging, their well-being is crucial, they are engaged and can express themselves.

    Franco-Sol recognizes that all past board members, staff and families as well as current board members, staff, families, community partners and various levels of government have contributed to the success of Franco-Sol.  Child care has changed over the years but what has not changed is the commitment of everyone involved at Franco-Sol to be the premier francophone child care provider in Windsor-Essex paving the way for exceptional leaders of tomorrow. 

    Franco-Sol looks towards 2021 and the future with plans of expansions and strategies for continuous growth, enhancement of mentoring and coaching throughout the organization, ensuring compliance, accountability and transparency, leading by example and a continued commitment to families and community.

  • 1989-1990             St. Antoine French Catholic School, Tecumseh
    1991-1992             Ste. Thérèse French Catholic School, Windsor
    1993-1994             Ste. Marguerite d’Youville French Catholic School, Tecumseh
    1993-1994             EarlyON: St. Edmond French Catholic School, Windsor
    1995-1996             St. Michel French Catholic School, Leamington
    1995-1996             Pavillon des Jeunes French Catholic School, Belle River
    1997-1998             Monseigneur A. Caron French Catholic School, LaSalle
    2005-2006             Georges P. Vanier French Catholic School, Windsor
    2008-2009             Monseigneur Jean Noël French Catholic School, Windsor
    2008-2009             St. Jean-Baptiste French Catholic School, Amherstburg
    2009-2010             St. Edmond French Catholic School, Windsor
    2011-2012             Child Minding: Collège Boréal, Windsor
    2018-2019             St. Ambroise French Catholic School, St. Joachim
    2018-2019             Louise-Charron French Public School, Windsor
    2018-2019             EarlyON: Georges P. Vanier French Catholic School, Windsor