We are the leading supplier of learning materials, furniture and equipment to the Canadian early childhood and elementary school markets, and have been for over 50 years.
We offer our customers the most complete selection of quality goods available in the market, complemented by outstanding service.
We are 100% Canadian owned and operate from a 38,000 square foot distribution center in Scarborough, Ontario.
We publish our catalogues annually. To order one of our catalogues, visit the Catalogue Request page.
Our business originated with Louise Kool who was a school teacher from Holland. Upon arriving in Canada around 1960, she realized that she could not obtain the same quality of teaching materials in North America that were available in Europe. So, she set about to change that. Within a few years she had a thriving business selling materials and books to childcare and elementary school teachers.
Her product range and customer base became so large that in 1963 she issued what we believe to be the first full-scale education catalogue in Canada. From there, her business grew rapidly due to her keen eye for educational resources and the leading-edge catalogue.
In 1978, wanting to retire, Louise sold the company. Under the new owners, the company added 40 parent –teachers stores for a time under the name of Today’s Child, but that venture was short-lived.
In 1984 the company was sold to a 150-year-old UK company, James Galt & Company, whose primary business was also catalogue distribution of educational supplies. In 1985, the newly named Louise Kool & Galt issued the first four-colour catalogue in the Canadian education supply business, which resulted in very rapid growth.
In 1989, Jim Robb was appointed Managing Director and guided the Company to a Quality and Service Orientation that continues to guide us to this day.
In 1994, we were acquired by Fine Art Developments UK, the third largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the world.
Finally, in March, 1998 the company was purchased by management, headed by Jim Robb, our President even now, and minority shareholder, Lise Russell, who continues to be our Executive VP.
With over 50 years in the business, we are proud of the role we play in providing learning resources to the early childhood education and elementary school market. We are pleased to offer you some of the worlds’ premium brands; Community Playthings furniture, Winther Trikes, and Dusyma hands on learning tools, amongst others.
We will continue to pursue the path of Quality and Service so that our customers, the caregivers and educators of today, can have the appropriate, quality resources to teach our leaders of tomorrow.
It is our promise.