2018 Preschool Guide
Mar 26, 2018 04:30PM
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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 www.clevelandmontessori.org.
Communion of Saints School
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.
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
4 & 5-Year-Old Program:
For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (216) 932-4177, visit their website at www.communionofsaintsschool.org or send an email to
[email protected] parish.org.
Corpus Christi Academy Preschool
Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care Centers
They believe that children carry within them the full potential of the person they will someday become. Creative Playrooms is 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, prekindergarten, Montessori program, chartered private kindergarten, before- and 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.
Gross Schechter Day School
Their curriculum is designed to foster growth in all areas of a child’s development. Children have the opportunity to share and play in a cooperative setting as they build positive, lifelong bonds with their classmates and teachers. Creative exploration is encouraged through art, music, technology, movement and yoga. Children also experience a rich variety of learning experiences including math, science, building, manipulatives, books and sensory play. Jewish practices and the Hebrew language are incorporated into their daily classroom activities to help foster children’s Jewish identity.
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.
Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School
26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
Early Childhood at Joseph & Florence Mandel Jewish Day School is committed to a meaningful first school experience that encourages growth in emotional, social, physical and cognitive areas for each child. Consistent with the core values of the school, the Early Childhood program creates a joyful and respectful learning community to develop skills and knowledge. Jewish values guide the program as children distinguish between right and wrong, show respect for others, and establish social skills such as sharing, teamwork, patience, cooperation, and conflict resolution.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility and participate in the classroom community. The importance of character development is honored by helping to use their “inner strength.” “I feel” messages are encouraged so they can express their needs and feelings. Children are empowered to demonstrate values through classroom jobs and making responsible choices during independent play. Staff and parents work closely on the development of students and feedback from both sides is imperative for the family development at Mandel JDS.
Kiddie City Child Care Community
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 children. Kiddie City accepts vouchers from both Cuyahoga and Lake counties.
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 www.kiddiecityeuclid.org.
Lower School (K–6)
1551 East Wallings Road , Broadview Heights
Upper School (7–12)
10036 Olde Eight Road, Sagamore Hills
Lawrence School's Alphabet Adventures program is strategically designed to give preschool and kindergarten-aged children a structured literacy approach to help improve alphabet knowledge, pre-reading skills, and phonemic awareness. Highlights of the program include small group and individualized instruction, multisensory methods, and evidenced-based strategies – all taught by teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham methodology.
Each class lasts for an hour and a half and new students are admitted throughout the school year. Flexible scheduling includes a pay-as-you-go structure with classes offered twice a week ($25/class) and on Saturday mornings ($35/class). All sessions are held at Lawrence Lower School, which is located at 1551 E. Wallings Road in Broadview Heights.
To learn more, please visit www.lawrenceschool.org/ABC or call (440) 832-7850.
Montessori School of University Heights
- 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.
The Music Settlement
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 am and depart as late as 5:45 pm 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: visit online at TMSkids.org or call (216) 421-5806 ext. 160.
Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool
5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights
The preschool at Saint Paschal Baylon is a quality program designed to suit the developmental needs of young children, promoting their spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth. They offer an Early Learning Program, Pre-K Program, and Jr. Kindergarten Program. The programs follow the Diocese of Cleveland’s preschool curriculum and are center based using an integrated approach where learning occurs through active exploration and interaction in a "hands on" environment. Multi-sensory activities that enhance the total development of the child are planned in a sequential manner that follows a theme or is part of a unit.
Admission is open to children who have turned 3, 4, or 5 years old by September 30 of the year of enrollment. Admission to Junior Kindergarten is open to children who will turn 5 by January 1 the year following admission and have at least one year of preschool experience. A screening may be required. All children entering the preschool classes must be toilet trained.
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
Grades 9 to 12
2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley
University School is excited to announce a Junior Kindergarten for boys, opening this fall. Boys will be invited to explore, discover, learn and play in a hands-on, joyful classroom, engaging in activities that encourage the development of language and math skills infused with science, language, art, music, physical education, and outdoor play.
Join them for Super Summer Preschool Camp! This camp is designed to engage pre- kindergarten boys in a creative and stimulating environment. Boys can enjoy 1, 2, or 3 weeks of explorations that will guarantee a unique journey of discovery: “3-2-1 Blast off!”; “Camp, Fish, Explore”; and “Playful Shadows Day and Night.” The camp is run by their dynamic US teachers.
Programs are held at the Shaker Heights campus, which features a primary wing designed for young boys, and an innovative design lab, STEAMworks.
Urban Oak School
2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
Urban Oak’s Early Childhood Program serves children ages 18 months through 6 years in its parent-child, nursery, and preschool/kindergarten programs. Inspired by the Waldorf philosophy, they trust a child’s innate capacity for learning and support this capacity with outdoor exploration, purposeful work, and imaginative free play within a strong daily rhythm.
Before the age of 7, children experience everything in their world through the impulse to imitate. Children in their Early Childhood Program can confidently move, play and explore in a homelike environment. Experienced educators support each child’s development through a nurturing approach.
Kindergarten builds the foundations for academic excellence by fostering skills such as sequencing, sensory integration, eye-hand coordination tracking, appreciation of the rhythms and beauty of language, and other basic skills. The children experience the natural world each day during outside play.
Urban Oak’s Early Childhood program is fully accredited by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of America.
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 Childcare 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 Center 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 12 years. They are also enrolling for summer camp!
Friends Early Learning Center
2846 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills
The primary consideration at Friends Early Learning Center is the growth and well-being of each child. They believe in providing an environment where their infant, toddler, and preschool children are respected and valued for their contributions to the learning process.
The educated, caring and enthusiastic teachers take into account the individuality of each child and are attentive to their specific strengths and needs. Parents are welcome to participate in activities such as field trips, parties, special breakfasts, a Christmas program, and family picnics.
Each day, children participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate discovery and play-based activities. Through play, children experience the joy of discovery and learning. In addition to small motor skill activities, large motor skill play activities are scheduled in either the indoor or outdoor playground. Breakfast, a hot lunch and two snacks are served daily.
The Goddard School
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Twp.
For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among parents and families. Their classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children six weeks to six years, offering age-appropriate opportunities to explore and discover.
At The Goddard School located in Concord Township their play-based F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) is grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. It’s designed to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure each child becomes confident, joyful and fully prepared in school and in life. For more information call or visit their website.
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 www.Hershey-Montessori.org.
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, Horizon empowers 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.
Lakeland Community College Teaching Learning Center/Campus Kids
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland
Lakeland Community College has an onsite early childhood child care program that serves as a lab school for the Early Childhood Education Department. There are three different programs that are offered within the center, all of which are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Teaching Learning Center (TLC) is a year-round program that is open to the community at large, serving children ages 16 months through 5 years. Their TLC part-time program is for children ages 3 through 5. This program is also open to the community and runs August to May, five days a week. Campus Kids serves all Lakeland Community College students’ children ages 3 through 10.
All of their programs provide developmentally appropriate experiences for young children. Using a discovery-based curriculum, learning is emphasized through guided exploration and play. They provide a low teacher to child ratio, and ensure that all of their teachers are experienced educators with degrees in early childhood education, as well as Ohio teaching licenses. Call today for more information!
2603 Riverside Dr., Painesville Twp.
Luv, Learn-n-Laughter Child Development Center is now enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 12 years for summer camp and fall programs! Their star rated, Step Up To Quality center has nursery, toddler, preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten, school age classrooms and two state-of-the-art playgrounds. Open Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm, your child will be provided with nutritional meals and snacks, as well as formula and baby food for infants.
The school offers classrooms with degreed and certified teachers that work to help your child in social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. The toddler, preschool and prekindergarten programs use the fun and educational Creative Curriculum that will prepare your child for kindergarten. Please visit their website or call for more information. They look forward to meeting with you and your family!
Mater Dei Academy Preschool
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
Mater Dei Academy's preschool program for ages 3, 4 and pre-kindergarten strives to provide a creative noncompetitive environment for the young child. Interaction with other children and adults in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern, promotes the healthy development of each child as an individual. Their philosophy is that learning experiences encourage spiritual, intellectual, social and physical growth.
The preschool program creates a setting where your child will develop a positive self-image and become aware of the fact that he/she is a child of God and will grow in His love while developing skills, increasing independence and experiencing accomplishments. Small class size allows for individual attention while allowing your child the enjoyment of being a part of a group and accepting the need to share and cooperate. Children develop math and early reading skills, and explore Science through experiments.
For more information on their programs, please call the school office or visit their website.
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 through Thursday, 8:30 am until 3:15 pm with an option for half days, running September through May. Special features of their 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 today to schedule a visit, meet the administrator and tour their facility. Class size for each age is limited to 16 students.
Rainbow Connection Learning Center
6312 Center Street, Mentor
For over 30 years, Rainbow Connection Learning Centers have been providing comprehensive quality care for children 6 weeks thru 5th grade. The trained, experienced and caring staff provide individual learning experiences to meet the needs and interests of each child.
Their program incorporates a positive learning environment with compassion and respect for each child. The infant and toddler programs are divided into several classes so that each stage of development can be encouraged and explored in an environment where children can feel safe and loved. They offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum that incorporates math, science, language arts, computers, music and social skills that aligns to the Early Learning Content and Development Standards. Children are encouraged to develop and achieve at their own pace while learning self-respect and respect for others. They believe that kindness, caring and cooperation are some of the most basic tools that they can teach the children to help them become confident and establish positive self-images.
The Mentor location offers a full time summer camp program for kindergarten through fifth grade with daily field trips, swimming lessons, and most afternoons at one of the Mentor pools.
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 through hands on learning emphasizing the wonder and delight of discovery. 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!
- Prekindergarten 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.
Small Hands Big Dreams Learning Centers
8465 Market Street, Mentor
9823 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland
Small Hands Big Dreams features both a full-time and part-time preschool program taught by experienced and degreed teachers. Small Hands focuses on making parents’ lives easier by providing all meals, formula, diapers and wipes. The high quality, individualized curriculum features a STEAM core and aligns with the Ohio Early Learning Standards. In addition, the center offers high quality infant and toddler programs that focus on early independence, social and emotional skills, sensory related activities, creative expressions, and early exposure to letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
Parents have secure live video access to their child’s classroom at their fingertips and receive a customized digital daily report that includes pictures and ties to the early learning standards. Please call, visit their website or stop by anytime for more information.
Willo-Hill Christian School
4200 State Route 306, Willoughby
Willo-Hill Christian School is committed to providing a quality, affordable preschool program for families in Willoughby and neighboring communities. Preschool classes are offered for three-year-old and four-year-old students. Through a diverse and well-rounded schedule of activities, children are helped to develop important academic, verbal, and social skills in a Christ-centered, family oriented setting. Students enjoy creative, fun activities while developing the skills needed for Kindergarten readiness.
Families may choose between half days and full days, from two to five days per week. On Tuesday through Thursday, the teachers focus on academic development, using a Christian-based curriculum to teach letters, phonetic sounds, number recognition and concepts, and language development. On Monday and Friday, the focus shifts to the development of social skills, using creative play to reinforce academic, social, and spiritual concepts. Age-appropriate activities include Bible, music, stories and crafts, with plenty of individualized attention.
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 Madison Schools. Their program is filled with a variety of 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 proudly serve Painesville City School 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 six 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 proudly serve Perry Local School 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 at this site.
YMCA Child Care/West End Y
37100 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby
The Y school-age before- and after child care program proudly serves children in grades K–5 who are enrolled in the Willoughby-Eastlake 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.
Notre Dame Elementary Preschool
13000 Auburn Road, Chardon
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Notre Dame Elementary Preschool provides children with a nurturing environment where each child can imagine possibilities and opportunities. The beautiful wooded campus provides exciting learning experiences such as gardening, hiking, hay rides and an appreciation for the simplicity and complexity of creation.
They offer all-day and half-day programs for 3-year-olds and pre-K classes along with a Toddler Play and Learn Class for children 18 months to 3 years old. Children engage in hands-on math, language readiness, technology and science activities. Classrooms function as communities of learning where children are valued for their uniqueness. They also experience enrichment opportunities such as yoga, art appreciation, music and library.
As a Catholic school steeped in the rich traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame and committed to a partnership with parents, they empower students by providing a strong foundation to pursue their dreams, achieve academic excellence, realize their full potential and helping them to make a transformational difference in today’s world. For information or to schedule a tour, please contact Josephine Ambrose at (440) 279-1129.
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 three, four, and five 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.