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2020 Preschool Guide

Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child

Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child

Tips to consider and questions to ask when searching for the perfect preschool for your child. (Includes a special preschool visit checklist and preschool vocabulary section at the end.) Read More » 

 

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Listing of Preschools

Scroll to see Lake County listings followed by Geauga County.

CUYAHOGA

Starting Point
(216) 575-0061
(800) 880-0971
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 Metropolitan School District
(216) 838-0110
ClevelandMetroSchools.org/EarlyEd
It is the vision of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) that every student in Early Childhood grades preK – grade 3 will be successful in a rigorous instructional program.  CMSD’s Early Childhood program addresses the language and cognitive development of students in addition to social and emotional needs and the physical needs of every child.

The mission of the Early Childhood Office is to create a rich and stimulating, child-centered environment in every classroom. Parents will find developmentally-appropriate teaching strategies in a center-based setting in every classroom.  CMSD continually strives to optimize the conditions for learning for their youngest learners.  Each student is valued for his or her unique qualities, experiences and learning style as they work toward the ultimate goal of becoming successful and independent learners.

Visit ClevelandMetroSchools.org/EarlyEd to see the required documents for enrollment and their Preschool locations.

Call (216) 838-0110 to enroll today – seats are limited!


Cleveland Montessori
12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
(216) 421-0700
Cleveland Montessori has been serving the Little Italy and Greater Cleveland Community for 25 years.  Students from preschool through 8th grade are met with respect and compassion as they strive to meet their individual potential in beautifully prepared classrooms that offer social, emotional and academic experiences in a diverse and unique urban setting.  A Cleveland Montessori education begins at the preschool level with the focus on developing independence, concentration and confidence to build a foundation for lifelong learning with multi-age children working and learning together.  Close proximity to the resources of Little Italy and University Circle provides culturally rich extensions to classroom learning.

Applications for preschool (three and four year olds) are being accepted for the fall.  As a courtesy for not being able to observe during the current closures, application fees are being waived.  Contact their Admissions Director for more information and to discuss enrollment for your child.


Communion of Saints School
2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Heights
(216) 932-4177
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.

Preschool class – age 3+ 
8:30–11:00 a.m.*
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Pre-K class – age 4/5 
8:30–11:00 a.m.*
Monday-Friday
*There is an optional extended day from 11:00 a.m. – noon for both classes.

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


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

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


Gilmour Academy
34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills
(440) 473-8165
Gilmour’s Montessori preschool program begins with its toddler program for students 18-months to 36-months-old (three or five days/week; half-day or full-day). Students ages 3–4 then move to the Montessori prekindergarten (five days/week; half-, three-quarter- or full-day) followed by the Montessori kindergarten program for ages 5–6 (five days/week; full-day).  The kindergarten is a hybrid program, blending Montessori practices with traditional pedagogy in preparation for Gilmour’s traditional grades 1–12.

The Montessori preschool experience encourages a lifelong love of learning.  Students are provided unique opportunities that include Spanish instruction beginning at age 3; interaction with lower, middle and upper school students; experiential learning opportunities such as reading with therapy dogs, collecting eggs from their chicken coop, planting in their gardens and more; and a variety of after-school activities for those who would like to extend their day.  Upon completion of the Montessori preschool program, students move seamlessly into the lower school and on to the middle and upper schools, where they continue to develop as curious learners. 


Gross Schechter Day School
27601 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 763-1400
Gross Schechter Day School’s Early Childhood Center (6 weeks and up) encourages creativity, exploration and self-discovery in a nurturing and caring environment filled with the joy of Jewish learning and living. 

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.

Call (216) 763-1400 or visit www.grossschechter.org for more info.


Horizon Child Development Center
1050 E 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-3830
2285 Columbus Road, Cleveland
(216) 344-3000


Mandel JCC Early Childhood Program
26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood
(216) 831-0700, ext. 1375
mandeljcc.org/preschool
Mandel JCC Early Childhood program, for children ages 18 month to pre-K, is committed to helping young children learn and experience new and extraordinary things every day.  From exceptional child care, beautiful classrooms, a children’s garden and swim and yoga lessons, all this and more can be found at The J.

In partnership with parents and families, The J’s Early Childhood program provides quality care and education for more than 100 young children annually.  Their experienced and nurturing staff help children learn, grow and gain independence in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment, all within a Jewish framework.  Families of all races and religions attend The J’s Five-Star-Step-Up-to-Quality rated child care and preschool programs.  As one parent said, “We are so impressed with the staff and facility. We couldn't be happier with the Mandel JCC Early Childhood program.  You have had such a positive impact on my child.”


Montessori School of University Heights
23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
(216) 381-8388
The Montessori School of University Heights is celebrating 50 years as 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.
 

Our Lady of the Lake School
175 East 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-6824
Early learning is essential to lifelong success.  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 their 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 their 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.


Ruffing Montessori School
3380 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
(216) 321-7571
www.ruffingmontessori.net


Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool
5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights
(440) 442-6766
www.saintpaschal.net


University School
us.edu/summer
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
(216) 321-8260
Grades 9 to 12
2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley
(216) 831-2200
University School’s Junior Kindergarten curriculum focuses on activities that encourage the development of early cognitive language and math skills, along with science, language, art, music, physical education, and outdoor play. Their  faculty encourage these youngest boys to develop the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to enter kindergarten the following year with self-confidence and independence.

Join them at camp this summer! Their Preschool Day Camp is designed to engage prekindergarten boys in a creative and stimulating environment. Boys can enjoy one, two, or three weeks of explorations that will guarantee a unique journey of discovery: “3-2-1 Blast off!”; “Coding Fun”; and “Think It, Create It, and Watch It GO!” The camp is run by 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. 


LAKE COUNTY

Starting Point
(216) 575-0061
(800) 880-0971
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.


All Saints School of St. John Vianney
28702 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(440) 943-1395
www.allsaintssjv.org
All Saints School of St. John Vianney in Wickliffe is a vibrant preschool, elementary and middle school, with a long history of academic excellence.  They offer a family environment and a continuum of education from preschool through junior high.  Located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, the school offers a faith-based, technology-enriched learning environment.

All-day/half-day pre-3, pre-4, and pre-5 classes 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.


Friends Early Learning Center
2846 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills
(440) 944-1026
www.friendselc.com


Hershey Montessori School
10229 Prouty Road, Concord Township
(440) 357-0918
www.Hershey-Montessori.org
 

Hope Ridge Preschool
9870 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor
(440) 639-8817
www.hoperidge.com/preschool


Horizon Child Development Center
8303 Tyler Boulevard, Mentor
(440) 205-8420
1050 E. 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-3830
www.horizonchildcare.com

Lake Geauga United Head Start
Painesville Center
350 Cedarbrook Drive, Painesville
(440) 392-5636

West Center
32114 Vine Street, Willowick
(440) 943-0388


Lakeland Community College Teaching Learning Center/Campus Kids
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland
(440) 525-7500
www.lakelandcc.edu/TLC


Madison Pre-K
(440) 428-5111
www.madisonschools.net


Mater Dei Academy Preschool
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(440) 585-0800
www.MaterDeiAcademy.us


Mentor Christian Preschool
8600 Lake Shore Boulevard, Mentor
(440) 257-3172
www.mentorchristian.com


St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool & St. Gabriel School
9921 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord Township
(440) 354-7574
www.st-gabrielschool.org


St. Mary of the Assumption Wee Learn Preschool
8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
(440) 255-9781
www.stmarysmentor.org
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 who 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 (pre-K) is for children who are 4 years old before September 30.  Two options are offered.  The three-day class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the morning or afternoon.  The four-day class meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 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
(440) 255-7775
9823 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland
(440) 367-2145
www.SmallHandsBigDreams.com


GEAUGA COUNTY

Starting Point
(216) 575-0061
(800) 880-0971
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.


Lake Geauga United Head Start
Geauga Center
12406 Madison Road, Huntsburg
(440) 636-5387


Saint Anselm School Early Childhood Education Program
13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
(440) 729-7806
www.stanselmschool.org


St. Helen Preschool
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury
(440) 564-7125
www.st-helen-school.com







































































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