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Looking for child care or a preschool?

Whether you’re a mom who works or needs to go back to school, one of the hardest things to do is entrust your child to someone else when you need child care, or a preschool.  For many of us, it’s a wrenching decision.  We want caregivers and teachers who’ll give the nurturing care we would give and help our child grow and learn in healthy, constructive ways.

How do you find the right place?  Perhaps a neighbor told you about a center, but is it the best choice for you?  Who can you trust to give you advice on where to go or what to look for so your child gets the best start?

Luckily, there is a good answer—Starting Point, the most trusted source of information on child care, preschool and out-of-school time care in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties. Starting Point is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping families find quality care for their children, and its services are free.  For 30 years, Starting Point has been the go-to place for information on early childhood care and learning. And we can help you.

There are many types of early childhood programs: child care centers, family child care homes, in-home care, preschools, special needs care and more.  Starting Point has developed the most comprehensive listing of early childhood programs in the area and can help you find the right fit for your child.

The quality of the program matters, too.  In the early years, a child’s brain has an amazing period of growth.  Healthy brain development is influenced by your child’s relationships, experiences and environment.  You want to make certain your child is in a program that offers the stimulating experiences and nurturing relationships that lead to later success in school and in life.  Starting Point can help you identify quality programs, too.

All you need to do is call Starting Point at (216) 575-0061 to reach an  early childhood specialist who’ll give you the information you need, answer your questions, offer guidance and send you a copy of Starting Point’s Good Child Care Book, which contains valuable information on what to look for in a child care or early childhood education program and much more.

Starting Point specialists can also help you find interesting after-school, vacation and holiday activities for your older school-age children.

You can also search for a program online by logging onto, where you’ll also find the Good Child Care Book and information on all the ways Starting Point works to improve early childhood and after-school experiences for children.

Starting Point is a valuable resource for families throughout northeast Ohio.  Including you!