Project Description

The Casa Program

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn” – Maria Montessori
What we will be Learning
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers

Brief Overview of the Casa Classrooms

  • Casa 1, 11 Student Cap, 1:8 Teacher to Student Ratio
  • Casa 2, 24 Student Cap, 1:8 Teacher to Student Ratio
  • All meals made in house, from scratch, with organic and best choice ingredients
  • 8 Week Block of Forest School in the Fall, and another 8 Week Block in the Spring
  • Weekly Children’s Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation
  • Weekly Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Integrated French throughout the Daily Curriculum
  • Large Outdoor Classroom with CSA Certified Climbers, Bike Tracks, Stages, Toboggan Hill, Trees, Organic Gardens, Mud Kitchens
  • Progress Reports
  • Daily Reports through our Interactive Communication App
  • Subsidy is available through the City of Windsor

The Casa Rooms are prepared environments.  The are designed for children between 2 1/2 and 4 years of age with 1 teacher for every 8 children.    Academics are presented using a wide range of concrete and manipulative materials. Children are encouraged to work at their own pace as they explore all five areas of the classroom. The students focus on language development, grammar, reading, math, culture, geometry, and music. We also provide the children the necessary tools to develop friendship and respect with their teachers, peers, and their environment.

What we will be Learning
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers
What we will be Learning
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers
  • 16 weeks of Forest School
    Takes place throughout the spring and fall.  This allows us to experience the seasonal transformation of life in the forest.
  • Yoga Practice
    Mrs. T. is a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga instructor.  She leads the students in yoga practice every Friday morning.
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
    Led by Catherine Cristofaro of the Rivertown Dance Academy.  Lessons takes place on Thursday mornings.
  • Art, Crafts, and Creativity
    Monthly themes and crafts are completed all year long.  On site visits from Julie’s Paint Party.
  • French Lessons
    Incorporated into all lessons throughout the day.
What we will be Learning
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers


Melissa Tregaskiss
Melissa TregaskissMontessori (MACTE)
Mrs. Tregaskiss or better known as Mrs. T, is a teacher, mother, wife, aunt, gardener, children’s yoga instructor, nature enthusiast, and owner of Bright Child Montessori. She has her AMS (American Montessori Society) Associate Childhood Credential, a MACTE accredited program and is a Certified Children’s yoga Instructor. She has been teaching kids to love learning for over 15 years.

Mrs. T began teaching at a local Montessori school in 2007 and gained 5 years’ experience as a head teacher and lead supervisor. Working with children is a privilege and she knew it was her strength. It quickly became her goal to open her own Montessori school, staff it with dedicated and qualified teachers, provide a healthy menu, and create a diverse curriculum. After getting married and raising 4 children of her own, she decided it was time to achieve her goal.
Mr. and Mrs. Tregaskiss founded Bright Child Montessori in 2011 and together they lead the next generation of young minds to grow. They believe each child embodies a unique and wonderful spirit. There aspiration is to see children grow into adults who are independent, responsible, and compassionate innovators.

“The only true freedom for an individual is to have the opportunity to act independently … there is no such thing as an individual until a person can act by himself.” —Maria Montessori

“Preventing conflicts is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education.”—Maria Montessori

Rebecca DiBiase
Rebecca DiBiaseB.A./B.Ed./OCT/RECE
Ms. DiBiase graduated from the Concurrent Education program at the University of Windsor in 2016. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, Bachelor of Education, and Early Childhood Education diploma.

This is her fourth year as one of our full-time Casa 2 teachers here at Bright Child Montessori. Her many years of education and many experiences working with children have prepared her to be the best teacher she can be for her students. She loves to incorporate art activities wherever possible into her students’ daily routines.

Ms. DiBiase believes in celebrating every child’s small successes, and loves seeing these turn into even bigger successes over the course of the school year. She cannot wait to learn from and grow with your children this year!

Rebekah French
Rebekah FrenchB.A./B.Ed./OCT/RECE
Ms. French graduated from the Concurrent ECE program in 2018, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, Bachelor of Education, and Early Childhood Education. She has been working at Bright Child Montessori for the last 5 years while she completed her schooling.

After graduating, Ms. French taught abroad in Australia for 6 months, teaching students from Kindergarten to Grade 6, as well as specialist classes. Once she returned, Ms. French was hired by the Greater Essex County District School Board as an Occasional Teacher, and continues working there and at Bright Child Montessori.

In addition to her occupations, Ms. French continues to work with children in a variety of settings, including volunteering at the Special Olympics, going on a volunteer trip to South Africa to help at an orphanage, and coaching soccer for many different ages. Ms. French not only looks forwards to assisting children as they grow, but learning from them as well.

Liz Kulyk
Liz Kulyk B.A./B.Ed./OCT
Ms. Kulyk is a recent graduate from the Education program at the University of Windsor. She has also obtained a four year Psychology degree. From a young age, Ms. Kulyk has always wanted to teach children and that passion and dedication has been seen throughout her many experiences. She has lots of experience in an Early Years classroom and has worked with children during her multiple teaching placements. Ms. Kulyk been working at Bright Child Montessori for a little over a year now, and she is very excited to continue learning about the Montessori Method and watch each student grow.
Nicki Teno
Nicki TenoB.A./B.Ed.
Mrs. Teno has been teaching at Bright Child since 2018. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2011 with her Bachelors in Elementary Education; majoring in Child Development, and minoring in Integrated Science and Language Arts.

Right after graduating, she taught preschool in East Lansing and in 2013 she got married and moved to Canada. She was able to get her credentials transferred over and obtained her OCT. She has a joy for teaching children and it shows through her many years of being a nanny and teaching. Her love for our age group of students and the beliefs and theories we hold at Bright Child is what attracted Mrs. Teno to the job.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Teno is a proud wife and a mother. She has 2 children; Everly and Easton, and a goldendoodle who takes up most of her time. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading, traveling and creating memories with her family and friends.

Amy Kidd
Amy KiddCYW/ABS/Montessori
Mrs. Kidd has been teaching at Bright Child Montessori since 2016. She graduated from the Child & Youth Worker program in 2004, continued her education in the U of W’s Psychology Program, and then received Graduate Certification in the Autism & Behavioural Science program in 2011. She has over 15 years of experience working with young children in Montessori, summer camp, preschool, public school and home environments. In 2016, she completed the NAMC Montessori teacher diploma program.

Mrs. Kidd is a wife, proud Montessori mom of three young children (6 1/2, 4 1/2, and almost 2) and has a dog. She loves camping adventures, reading, music, yoga (she’s a certified kid’s yoga teacher too!), nature, and arts & crafts. She is nurturing, patient, and kind. As the mom of Montessori children, she truly understands the importance of guiding your child to become confident & mindful individuals and looks forward to watching them grow.

What Other People Are Saying About Our School

I can confidently say that enrolling our kids into Bright Child is one of the best decisions we’ve made for them! The teachers in every room are absolutely amazing, always welcoming when we come into the school and make us feel right at home. I’m always so happy to see the healthy meals they are eating every day. We get daily picture updates which just make our day at work so much better! We decided to enroll our oldest daughter into JK here in the fall, couldn’t imagine taking her out yet, the things they learn are unbelievable. Both girls have advanced so much from their learning at this school. Bright Child staff, teachers and owners put SO much care into everything they do, I would absolutely recommend them to anyone who wants their children to have an outstanding experience!

Jaclyn Blackburn, Bright Child Parent

Bright Child Montessori puts your mind at ease by creating a nurturing and challenging learning environment with a dedicated teaching staff. We have been so impressed with how the Montessori teaching methods have enhanced our child’s interests while exposing him to a variety of fundamental life skills.  We would wholeheartedly recommend Bright Child Montessori to any parent looking for a superior educational experience for their child.

Brooke & Bryon Meloche, Bright Child Parents

We feel so blessed to have our daughter start her earliest experiences growing, learning, and exploring at Bright Child Montessori. It is never easy to drop your children off in someone else’s care, but we have been confident since day one in our decision. The staff at BC is knowledgeable and passionate. They work so incredibly hard and I truly respect each and every one of them for the time and effort they have put forward to making Juliet’s experience so wonderful. We have witnessed so much empathy and love towards our daughter from the staff, and the time and effort in giving her, and all the children, an enriched experience each and every day is so heart warming. We are also extremely satisfied with the cleanliness and amenities at the school, the incredible healthy and diverse daily menu, and the specialty programs like yoga, dance, and outdoor activities that make her so excited, and a little less sad (parting from us) each morning. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who values education, equity, and imagination for their child.

Jennifer Fatallah, Bright Child Parent

Every day, I look forward to the photo updates of what Finlay is doing at school. I truly appreciate the time it takes to keep all parents informed. It speaks to how dedicated the staff at Bright Child Montessori are.
– Jeff Meloche

Finlay loved Forest School! And I appreciate that he has the opportunity to learn mindfulness and meditation, through yoga every Friday.
– Janice Meloche

Jeff and Janice Meloche, Bright Child Parents

My wife and I have two children enrolled in this school. The peace of mind we get knowing that they are well taken care of by teachers and staff that really care about their well being is worth every penny. The kids really love going to school.

Dan Knuckle, Father of David and Audrey Anne

I will never forget the first day we visited Bright Child Montessori. The moment we walked in, we were instantly greeted by the staff who made us feel so very comfortable. As a new Mother, I was anxious to leave our daughter in the care of others.. however within the first day we knew that our Reese was so well taken care of! The teachers, staff, chef, and the owners John and Melissa are beyond amazing! They have created such a nurturing environment for our children to learn and grow, and the organic menu is incredible! Bright child feels like an extension to our family, and I am so grateful to have them apart of our lives!

Jessie and Jeff Schwab, Bright Child Parents

Thank you for everything you have done for us since working at Bright Child.  You have helped shape our careers and we wouldn’t be where we are now if it was not with the help of both of you! We really appreciate your love and support!

Jenna Huneault and Rebekah French, Bright Child Teachers

Bright Child provides a caring, thoughtfully prepared learning environment that has encouraged our son to learn and grow socially, cognitively, physically and emotionally. The holistic approach to meals prepared and served, and programs offered, from music, art, yoga to Forest School, have been key to my son’s development into the confident, independent little boy he has become.

Kate & BJ Laub, Bright Child Parents

I wouldn’t send my kids anywhere else!! The teachers are all amazing and always welcoming!! My daughters talk about their teachers all the time! A huge thing for me was the healthy food that the kids eat! This is a big thing in my family and we teach our kids to eat healthy. So it’s nice to know that it is being carried on at school! I have also never seen a school so clean as well!! Every time I pick up my kids there is always someone cleaning. At the end of the day my kids are getting the best care and I recommend to all my friends to look here when deciding where to enroll their kids!! The bar is set VERY HIGH!!!!!

Carly and Dean Fantin, Bright Child Parents

My wife and I can’t say enough great things about Bright Child and their staff. Our children love their teachers,  class activities, new friends,  the great food options and they love looking back through all the photos and videos on our phones captured by staff daily, even after they graduate. My wife and I, along with the family members set up on the HiMama app praise the organization of the school with Bright Child providing us with meal information,  bathroom break info during potty training and activity overview. We value the timeless photos and videos and day by day updates. Thank you Bright Child staff, for all you do.

Brady Thrasher, Bright Child Parent

Beyond grateful to have such a well run school where we can send our kids. The teachers are so engaged and so capable, they know and love our children; the food is healthful; the programming is creative; the result is well adjusted kids learning far more than I would ever think to impart. Bright child is an extension of our home 🙂

Megan Mailloux, Bright Child Parent

Bright Child is an amazing Montessori school. Our youngest is currently in the Casa 1 class and our oldest is in senior kindergarten at Bright Child. The teachers are calm and caring and truly provide individualized attention to each child. We love that the school emphasizes the importance of outdoor time (in all weather) and teaches respect for nature. Forest School is an excellent addition to the program! The meals and snacks provided to the children are incredible – varied, healthy, and locally sourced when possible. Our girls absolutely love the music classes and doing yoga. As a parent, I love that the Montessori method emphasizes independence – it is incredible to watch your child’s confidence increase as they master a new skill!

Sarah and Kory Renaud, Bright Child Parents

Tuition Information

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” – Henry Ford

We understand that education and child care expenses can be a major burden in a families budget.  This is why we promise to always provide the highest quality care while operating as efficiently as possible.   Depending on your household income, and the amount of children you have, you could qualify for fee assistance. Furthermore, Canadian taxpayers can claim up to $8,000 per child for children under the age of 7 years at the end of the year.  Please take advantage of all programs that are available to you.

School Day

$3600for full time
  • 9am to 2:55pm
  • Equivalent to $6.00/hour
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Scratch Made Organic Meals
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Subsidy is Available
  • Reduces to $28.80 in Kindergarten

Work Day

$4050for full time
  • Up to 9 hours
  • Equivalent to $4.50/hour
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Scratch Made Organic Meals
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Subsidy is Available
  • Reduces to $32.40 in Kindergarten

Extended Day

$4950for full time
  • Up to 11 hours
  • Equivalent to $4.50/hour
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Scratch Made Organic Meals
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Subsidy is Available
  • Reduces to $39.60 in Kindergarten

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