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2017 Preschool Guide

Mar 28, 2017 04:30PM ● Published by Today's Family

Finding the right preschool program for your child  - Mar 21 2017 0326PM

Finding the right preschool program for your child

What makes one preschool better than another? What makes one attract loads of families while another struggles to fill classes? How do you find a great preschool? Here are some tips. Read More » 

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Starting Point
Starting Point for child care and early education, a nonprofit agency, is northeast Ohio's child care and early education resource and referral source, serving families, early childhood professionals and the community.
Starting Point works to:
  • Link families with child care services
  • Increase the supply of child care
  • Improve the quality of child care
  • Stimulate early education alternatives
  • Address child care and early education issues
The agency serves Ashtabula, Lake, Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.

Cleveland Montessori
12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland

Cleveland Montessori is celebrating over 20 years of serving the children of Greater Cleveland in their Little Italy location.  Students in preschool through middle school thrive in this unique urban setting.  A Cleveland Montessori education looks at each child's individual potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  Their students become independent thinkers with compassionate hearts.  The authentic Montessori curriculum incorporates a variety of opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom to the culturally rich neighborhood of Little Italy.  Their proximity to University Circle also provides many extensions for cultural and scientific exploration setting the stage for an experience rich in diversity, growth and joy.

They invite you to get to know them better and to see if they are a fit for your family.  Call to arrange a personal tour or visit

Communion of Saints School
2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Heights

The Communion of Saints preschool program follows a play-based, child-centered philosophy enhanced by their welcoming Catholic tradition.

Both classes encourage active, hands-on learning while following Diocesan standards and guidelines; supporting children to explore and discover their world through play has been established to be the optimum way for young children to learn.

Children will engage in dramatic play to encourage pre-literacy skills, build with blocks and sort objects to establish mathematical concepts, create process-based art to encourage aesthetic understanding, and move their bodies in both the large-muscle room as well as the outdoor play area to develop physical growth.

3 Year Old Program
8:30-11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
4 & 5 Year Old Program
8:30-11:00 a.m.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 216-932-4177, visit their website at or send them an email to: [email protected]   

Corpus Christi Academy Preschool
5655 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
440-449-4242 ext. 102

“Having the time of their lives," describes the 3- to 5-year-olds at Corpus Christi Preschool where they dance, create, play, hear stories, and learn with technology.

The 3-year-old program is the child's first experience with a structured school environment: playing, sharing, and getting along with others.  Activities include: building dog houses for class pets Sparky and Buckeye,  digging for buried treasure in the sand table, printing first names in shaving cream "snow," and making presents with little hands from very big hearts.  Monday and Tuesday, 9:00–11:15 am.

The 4-year-old pre-K program prepares the children for kindergarten emphasizing social interaction, language development, readiness skills, and increased independence.  Learning opportunities include: bringing pets to school for Pet Week, going on field trips, playing chef in the classroom "restaurant," letter of the week, show-and-tell, snacking at the "indoor" picnic.  Wednesday-Friday 8:00–11:30 am.

Visit their large facility including attached exercise room and kid-sized bathroom.  Sparky and Buckeye are waiting to meet you!

Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care Centers
Solon 440-248-3100
Independence 216-524-8008
Parma 216-898-9520
Strongsville 440-572-9365
Westlake 440-835-5858
Maple Hts. 216-475-6464
At Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care Centers, their mission is to offer the highest quality, learning environment for the successful development of the total child, in clean, modern, and safe facilities.  This is achieved through programs balancing individual experience, small group participation, and large group activities.  Nurturing, caring caregivers teach the various classes.

They believe that children carry within them the full potential of the person they will someday become.  They are continually at the forefront of innovation program development and continue to set the industry standards in child care.  Their goal is always to ensure that the best interest of the total child remains the single most important consideration.

Their centers offer programs for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old; Infant/Toddler, Nursery School, Pre-Kindergarten, Montessori Program, Chartered Private Kindergarten, Before & After School Programs, and Summer Camp.  Some activities offered are swimming lessons in their indoor pool, computer labs, music, gymnastics, Spanish classes, and science. Their experienced cooks serve breakfast, snacks and hot lunches.  Please call for a personal tour.

Gilmour Academy
34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills

Gilmour's Montessori preschool includes a toddler classroom for children ages 18-months to 36-months-old and two Montessori preschool and kindergarten classrooms for students ages 3–5 years old.  The program promotes self-directed learning and an interdisciplinary approach, teaching children how to learn instead of just what to learn.  From there, students move seamlessly into the Lower School, where each student is inspired to discover and express their unique voice academically, spiritually and personally.  Students then progress to the Middle and Upper Schools, where opportunities abound to expand on the foundation built at the Lower School.  A Gilmour graduate emerges centered in faith, able to think critically and communicate effectively, and prepared to make a difference in the world.  As an independent and Catholic school, they believe that when you educate the mind and empower the heart, students do more than succeed. They thrive.

Gross Schechter Day School
27601 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike

Gross Schechter Day School is an award-winning school in Pepper Pike that provides Cleveland's best value in integrated education. Innovative programs are available for children from early childhood (beginning at six weeks) through middle school (grade 8).

At Schechter, students benefit from a well-rounded and holistic program that fosters success in all aspects of their lives.  The curriculum focuses on strategies for problem-solving and places a strong emphasis on critical thinking, which allows students to understand their place in the world around them.  Their integrated Judaic studies program fosters a strong identity and mastery of the spectrum of Jewish traditions. As a 21st-century learning environment, technology is woven appropriately into all aspects of the curriculum.  Above all, their team of dedicated teachers is committed to developing each student's individual strengths and to maximizing each child's potential -- academically, socially and emotionally.

To learn how Gross Schechter might be right for your family, schedule a personal tour experience by calling 216-763-1400 x 417; or email [email protected]

Horizon Child Development Center
1050 E 200th Street, Euclid
2285 Columbus Road, Cleveland
Horizon Child Development Center offers quality care and education for children 6 weeks to 13 years of age.  They also have a high quality preschool and pre-kindergarten program that promotes learning in many different ways including learning through play.  The program is partners with CEOGC Head Start which enhances the quality of learning and education for Kindergarten readiness.

Horizon Child Development Center offers an educational summer program.  The summer program includes educational field trips and multiple learning experiences for school age children.

Horizon Child Development Center believes that children should be given authentic experiences and activities.  They believe that children learn through play and through hands on experiences and activities.

Kiddie City Child Care Community
280 East 206th Street, Euclid
Come grow with Kiddie City! Located in Euclid, Kiddie City is a Step Up to Quality Center.  Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, Kiddie City serves children six weeks through school-age.  As a USDA food program site, they offer a nutritional breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. They also provide infant food and formula!

Universal pre-K, a preschool program through Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children, has partnered with Kiddie City to offer discounted preschool rates for qualifying Cuyahoga County residents. They also partner with CEOGC Head Start to provide a quality educational experience for their children.  Kiddie City accepts vouchers from both Cuyahoga and Lake counties.  They also offer free part-day preschool through Early Childhood Expansion funding for 4-year-old children under 200% of poverty.

Kiddie City has recently expanded to the former Lincoln Elementary school building!  They will be adding additional highly qualified staff to their team.  They are currently pre-enrolling children for June and September start dates.  For more information, contact Jennifer Boger or Dayna White 216-481-9044 or visit

Montessori School of University Heights
23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
The Montessori School of University Heights is a pre-primary school dedicated to helping the child become the unique person his/her Creator intended in a Christian atmosphere of peace, love, and respect.  Their approach involves:
  • Providing comprehensive, individualized opportunities for growth.  Each child is introduced to the materials as the child becomes ready for the concepts that the material embodies.  Children develop order, concentration, coordination, independence, and self-discipline.
  • Engaging children in a caring, supportive community. Their multi-age environment, serving children ages 3 through 6 years old, provides a family-like atmosphere.  Children develop compassion and confidence.
  • Respecting each child's developmental abilities and personality.  Montessori children enjoy choosing their own work each day guided by adults who are sensitive to each child's unique personality. Children experience joy in learning.
They warmly encourage interested parents to schedule a personal tour.

The Music Settlement
11125 Magnolia Dr., Cleveland
216-421-5806, ext.160
Give your child The Music Settlement's Early Childhood advantage. 5-star award winner, Step Up to Quality, state of Ohio.  The first 5-Star winner in Cleveland is now accepting applications for its 2017-18 school programs. Financial aid and UPK assistance are available.

Preschool is a half-day morning program with creative arts specials that include music, drama, science, and more.  Afternoon enrichment programs are available.

Day School is a full-day/full-week program with a music- and arts-infused curriculum to ensure that your child is provided a full foundation for learning.  Students may arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. and depart as late as 5:45 p.m. for 45- and 49-week day school classrooms.

Kindergarten is a, full-day, arts-infused program aligned to state education requirements.  Children enjoy music, cooking, and field trips in University Circle to enhance individualized learning. Aftercare is available.

Learn more: click "early childhood & preschool" at or call 216-421-5806, ext. 160.

Our Lady of the Lake School
175 East 200th Street, Euclid

Early learning is essential to lifelong success.  Their little ones should grow to love learning in a warm, caring environment with lots of individual attention and a full range of resources for young learners.  At Our Lady of the Lake School, you will find that they are like a family.  Your child will learn good habits and attitudes in a loving Catholic community.  Through patient and respectful methods, their earliest learners develop a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.

Our Lady of the Lake Preschool nurtures the whole child, with small classes, highly-qualified teachers and an excellent school culture.  Their curriculum meets all state standards, stimulates curiosity, builds self-esteem, challenges physical and intellectual abilities, fosters creativity and encourages self-expression and social skills. And access to quality facilities provides preschool students opportunities not available elsewhere, including:
  • Full gymnasium
  • Arts programs
  • Computer lab
  • On-site library
They make busy schedules possible, with both half-day and full-day programs, as well as a full-day aftercare option.  Space is limited, so call now for registration information.  Principal Rita Kingsbury can be reached at 216-481-6824 or [email protected]

Ruffing Montessori School
3380 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
Curious to know more about Montessori education?

Ruffing Montessori School ― the second oldest Montessori school in the country ―  is located right here in Cleveland Heights and has been serving children, ages 18 months through the 8th grade, for more than 50 years!

See for yourself why northeast Ohio's parents are choosing Ruffing.  Join them for a school tour to see their Montessori-trained teachers guide children to become independent thinkers, thoughtful researchers and intellectually curious adults!  Schedule a classroom observation to watch students engage in their work and experience all the levels of Montessori education.

For more information and to learn about Montessori education and how Ruffing Montesssori School will prepare your child for success, contact their admissions office at 216-321-7571 or [email protected]


All Saints School of St. John Vianney
28702 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
The All Saints School of St. John Vianney in Wickliffe is a vibrant preschool, pre-K, elementary and middle school, with a long history of academic excellence.  They offer a family environment and a continuum of education from pre-school through junior high.  Located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, the school offers a faith-based, technology-enriched learning environment for students starting in preschool continuing through eighth grade.

All-day preschool and pre-K are offered.  Latin, music, art, and physical education are available, as age appropriate, with a speech pathologist on staff.  The school's experienced teachers are dedicated to the students' initial social development as Christians enabling them to achieve their highest academic and spiritual potential.

All Saints is committed to preparing foundational thinkers and learners, and good stewards of the Catholic church, empowering students to thrive in high school, college and beyond.

Creative Learning Child Care Center
36100 Portage Drive, Eastlake

Creative Learning Child Care Center is located in the heart of Eastlake.  Their unique program enables children to grow emotionally, physically, and cognitively while having lots of fun.  They offer hands-on activities and learning experiences that support early learning.  Each day provides a balance of active and quiet activities along with a hot, nutritious lunch and two healthy snacks.

Their loving and caring teachers are certified and degreed to help build a solid foundation for your child's early learning experience.  Creative Learning embraces a themed-based programming, offering each child opportunities to learn through arts, crafts, music, science, games, math and imaginative play.  They are situated on a two-acre property with special customized playgrounds for every age group.  It's never too early to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten.  Their step-by-step, age-appropriate programming will prepare your child for a successful elementary experience.  They are open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm and are accepting enrollment for children 6 weeks to 10 years.  They are also enrolling for summer camp!

Hershey Montessori School
10229 Prouty Road, Concord Township
At Hershey, classrooms are called "communities" where students work in multi-age groups so they can learn from and interact with others of diverse ages and interests.  These programs include the Parent-Infant Program (2 months to 12 months), the Young Child Community (12 months to 36 months), Children's House (3 to 6 ½ years), Elementary (6 to 12 years) and Adolescent Community (12 to 18 years).  Students are given blocks of uninterrupted time to figure out a problem, to ask questions of their teachers, or share their passion for a subject with another student.  They work and learn at their own pace and make choices regarding which activities they want to take part in. When children are given a choice, they are already naturally engaged and interested, so they are never bored.  For more information call Lakisha Wingard, director of admissions, at (440) 357-0918, email [email protected], or visit their website at

Hope Ridge Preschool
9870 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor
Hope Ridge Preschool, located in Hope Ridge United Methodist Church in Mentor, has been serving the preschool needs of Lake County for 50 years!  They strive to provide an educational setting where children "Love to Learn and Learn with Love," and aim to encourage children's innate curiosity as they explore the world around them.  They have a variety of scheduling options for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old students.  Programs range from two- to four-day options and include opportunities to participate in special events throughout the year.

They are licensed through Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and have received 3 stars in Ohio's Step Up to Quality rating system.  For more information or questions email Samantha Meunier, preschool director, at [email protected] or call the preschool office at 440-639-8817.

Horizon Child Development Center
8303 Tyler Blvd., Mentor
1050 E. 200th Street, Euclid

Horizon offers a program for children 6 weeks to age 13.  They have an enhanced preschool and pre-K program that includes Creative Curriculum.  They are the only center in Lake County to receive a grant from ODE to provide free preschool, for qualifying children who are 4 years old, from 9:00 am-11:30 am, Monday through Friday.  Their summer program stimulates enthusiasm through their piano lessons and educational field trips.  They believe that given the right to progress, children become empowered to achieve multiple tasks and develop a willingness to learn. 

Whether your children are marvelous at math or adore science, they empower them to learn through their own curiosity and sense of wonder.  They provide ongoing professional development by supporting an award winning program.  Contact their office for more information or to enroll your child.

Kreative Kidz Childcare Center
41 E. Erie Street, Painesville
Kreative Kidz Childcare Center is a new childcare center in Downtown Painesville.  They are located right off the square at 41 E. Erie St. around the back of the building.

Serving families with children 6 weeks to 12 years, they are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  Kreative Kidz's teachers have experience working with children in a variety of settings—preschool, daycare, and private homes.  They also have current certification in first aid/communicable disease, infant/child CPR, and child abuse recognition and prevention.

Their curriculum provides children with developmentally appropriate guidelines.  Together as a staff they believe that young children should learn, play, and grow in an environment that is safe, loving, and inviting.  Their goal is to make early education fun.

Lil' Sneakers University
8282 Yellowbrick Rd., Mentor

The day your child enters their program, they adopt a share in the responsibility for mental, social, physical, and emotional development.  Their philosophy is to promote a positive self-image and develop personal self-fulfillment in each child. 

Each child will be encouraged to develop positive social, intellectual, physical, and emotional skills.  Their goal is to provide a developmentally appropriate, confident, and successful foundation for every child.

The development of the whole child is important.  They believe that strong communication between home and school provides the most positive environment for all children to learn.  Parent conferences, parent and child orientations, newsletters and an open door policy are some of the methods which benefit "their" children.

They are proud of the professionalism of their staff.  However, their innate ability to love and understand the needs of each individual child is their greatest asset.

Mentor Christian Preschool
8600 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor
Mentor Christian School is pleased to announce the continuation of Mentor Christian Preschool (MCP) to their existing kindergarten through 12th grade program.  The purpose of MCP K-4 is to help families prepare their 4-year-olds for kindergarten through a program that includes academics, music and physical education, each built upon a biblical foundation.  Their K-4 class will meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am–12:00 noon with an option to include Wednesdays, running September through May.  Special features of the preschool week include classroom art, preschool music (taught by the MCS music teacher), and large-motor activities in the MCS gym. 

Mentor Christian Preschool is located on the MCS campus at 8600 Lake Shore Blvd.  Call them today to schedule a visit, meet their administrator and tour the facility.  Class size for each age is limited to 12 students.

St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool & St. Gabriel School
9921 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord Township

Offering preschool through eighth grade.

The St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool and St. Gabriel School junior kindergarten and kindergarten offer excellence in early childhood education that deliver developmentally appropriate practices, a Christ-centered education that emphasizes the dignity of every child in their care, and implementation of dynamic curricula and technology.  Come and discover the difference their whole community offers!  Call Mrs. Silvester for preschool information at 440-354-7574 or Mrs. Henrikson at 440-354-7858 for junior K and kindergarten.

St. Mary of the Assumption Wee Learn Preschool
8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
Wee Learn Preschool and pre-K programs, located in the kindergarten wing of the school, explore learning through a center-based curriculum using blocks, manipulatives, everyday math-counting, dramatic play, writing, art, gym, and technology.  Their teachers are cheerful and love teaching little ones.  They have a quality academic program where Ohio state standards are implemented within a Catholic environment.
  • On My Way program is a one-hour program held on Wednesdays, designed for 2-year-olds to experience a positive learning environment while having "fun" in a classroom setting.  The child attends with parent, guardian or caretaker. 
  • Preschool is for children that are 3 years old before September 30.  This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning or afternoon.  The child's first independent school experience emphasizes the joy of learning!
  • Pre-kindergarten is for children that are 4 years old before September 30.  Two options are offered.  The three-day class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the morning or afternoon.  The four-day class meets on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in the morning or afternoon.  Along with kindergarten readiness, these enriching programs nurture social-emotional development.

Willo-Hill Christian School
4200 State Route 306, Willoughby

Willo-Hill Christian School is committed to providing a quality, affordable preschool program for the families in their community.  WHCS offers preschool classes for 3-year-old and 4-year-old students.  Parents may choose the full-day or half-day option and may enroll their child for three, four, or five days per week. 

WHCS uses a Christian-based curriculum that teaches letters, phonetic sounds, number recognition and concepts, language development, art, and Bible stories.  Through a diverse and well-rounded schedule of activities, children are helped to develop important verbal, social, and academic skills in a Christ-centered, family oriented setting.  Students enjoy creative, fun activities while developing the skills needed for kindergarten readiness.

For more information, check out the school's website at  To schedule a tour of the campus, please call the school office at 440-951-5391. 

YMCA Child Care East End Y
730 N. Lake Street, Madison
The East End Y Child Care offers full-day care for children ages 3–5 and part-day preschool.  They encourage children to develop at their own pace while learning and developing healthy, trusting relationships and building self-confidence.  Their programs are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

School age care is available for kindergarten through fifth grade students enrolled in the Madison Public Schools.  Their program is filled with activities for kids to explore and develop their interests and talents.  Children learn and grow during swimming, gym time, outdoor play and homework time.

YMCA Child Care Central Y
933 Mentor Avenue, Painesville
The Central Y Preschool Child Care accepts 3- to 6-year-olds for full-day care.  Their instructors help kids discover who they are and what they can achieve through activities that build athletic, social and interpersonal skills in a safe, nurturing environment.
Their Broadmoor School care program provides after-school care and full-day care during the summer to children with unique, individual needs.

They serve Painesville City Local Schools students with a variety of before- and after-school programs and activities to explore and develop their interests.  Children gain confidence about themselves and their abilities through homework time, gym/outdoor play, table games, swimming, and other field trips.  These programs are state licensed.

YMCA Child Care Y Child Care Center
4325 Manchester Road, Perry
As a state-licensed facility, they serve children from 6 weeks of age through sixth grade.  Their staff is dedicated to providing quality child care, while enriching a child's development through hands-on-learning experiences in a nurturing environment.

They serve Perry Public Schools students with a variety of programs and activities to explore and develop their interests. Children are encouraged to realize their potential through homework time, gym/outdoor play, and table games.  School days off and summer day camp are also available.

YMCA Child Care/West End Y
37100 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby

The West End Y school age before and after child care program proudly serves children in grades K-5 who are enrolled in the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Schools.  Children can build friendships and self-esteem while being encouraged to practice school lessons during homework time and practice healthy living during gym/outdoor play.  They have Y sport, Zumba and yoga instructors who visit monthly to teach a class.  Their school age child care program is filled with a variety of activities for students to explore and develop their interests and talents.  School days off and summer day camp are also offered at this site.


Saint Anselm School Early Childhood Education Program
13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
Saint Anselm Early Childhood Education Program is a caring, stimulating, safe setting suited to the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old child.  The program's goals are to guide children in their social, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and physical development by learning through play.  The program provides a Catholic Christian education through which gospel values are presented, lived, and fostered.

Saint Anselm Early Childhood Education Program strives to develop the autonomy of the preschooler in a developmentally-appropriate environment, offering a wide variety of engaging activities.   Children are offered opportunities to investigate and explore their world creatively in a hands-on environment.  The full-day preschool option invites children to further growth and independence under the watchful care of early childhood specialists.

For more information or to schedule a tour please call the school office at 440-729-7806.

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