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2021 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.


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
It is the vision of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) that every student in early childhood grades pre-K–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 to see the required documents for enrollment and their preschool locations.

Call (216) 838-3675 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 provides a welcoming, caring, safe environment.  They encourage children to explore and discover their world through play which has been established to be the optimum way for young children to learn.

There is the opportunity for creative and imaginative play.  Children experience large and small groups, along with individual learning experiences in mathematics, language arts, science, religion, and art through a variety of centers.

Social and gross motor skills are enhanced on the preschool playground and indoor large muscle room. They are licensed by the state of Ohio and follow the Catholic Diocesan curriculum.

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.*
*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 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

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 for more info.

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

Laurel School
(216) 464-0946

Lyman Campus
One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights

Butler Campus
7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Township

Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized college preparatory, independent day school for girls, kindergarten through grade 12, with a coeducational preprimary program. Its traditional Lyman Campus is in Shaker Heights and its 150-acre Butler Campus is in Russell Township. The Butler Campus is home to competitive athletics and outdoor experiential learning, including northeast Ohio’s first  outdoor pre-primary school.

Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) was established in 2007, drawing on the school’s long history as a site of pioneering research on girls. LCRG conducts and sponsors original research on girls, harnesses existing research to shape the day-to-day education of girls and connects Laurel parents and teachers with research findings relevant to raising and educating girls.

RSVP for the April 17 All-School Open House at

Mandel JCC Early Childhood Program
26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood
(216) 831-0700, ext. 1375

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

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

University School
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 their dynamic US teachers.

Camp is held at the Shaker Heights campus, which features a primary wing designed for young boys.  Group size is limited, so register early for this fun camp!  


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

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

The Goddard School
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Twp.
(440) 350-1333

For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among parents and families.  Their classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children 6 weeks to 6 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.  

Great Day Child Care Learning Center
Madison: 2471 Hubbard Road (440) 428-5993
Middlefield: 14810 Madison Road (St. Rt. 528), (440) 632-1832 
Perry: 4325 Manchester Road
(440) 259-8125

Great Day Child Care Learning Centers provide the highest quality child care services to families in Madison, Perry, Middlefield, and surrounding cities.  

Their staff is trained and certified in CPR, first aid, communicable disease & child abuse recognition so you can rest assured they are in good hands.  

In addition, the caring and compassionate environment will help your child to grow and have fun interacting with friends while learning new skills every day.

They have flexible scheduling, from drop in, to part-time to full-time care.

Their preschool program offers STEM, Spanish, music, math, reading, technology and social and emotional support for your child.  Call a location near you to schedule a visit and see how Great Day Child Care is a place you will be confident to send your child to. 

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

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 (2months 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 (440) 357-0918, email [email protected], or visit

Hope Ridge Preschool
9870 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor
(440) 639-8817

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

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.

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

Madison Pre-K
(440) 428-5111

Lakeland Community College has an on-site early childhood child care program that serves as a lab school for the Early Childhood Education Department.  There are three programs that are offered, 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, serving children 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.

New this year is K–2 Summer STEAM Camp. Choose from four different one-week camps for children K–2. Each week will inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and enrich your child’s summer in a safe environment.  Camps begin June 7.

They offer developmentally appropriate experiences.  Using a discovery-based curriculum, learning is emphasized through guided exploration and play.  They have low teacher-to-child ratio, and all teachers are experienced educators with degrees in early childhood education and Ohio teaching licenses.  

Mater Dei Academy Preschool
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(440) 585-0800

Mater Dei Academy's prekindergarten program for ages 4 and 5 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 Boulevard, Mentor
(440) 257-3172

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

Part Time Preschool and My Buddy & Me classes for 2.5-year-olds

St. Gabriel Learning Loft preschool has been preparing graduates for life through faith, learning, and love for over 50 years.  With state-of-the art-facilities and one-to-one technology, the preschool offers developmentally appropriate practices for young children that facilitates a deep love of learning to build a strong foundation.

Through compassion, dedication, and expertise, their teachers ignite learning and see their vocation as a ministry.  It requires more than knowledge, but a heart with deep love for the children who God entrusted them with to find their gifts and talents to make the world a better place.  Their school is a second home where children learn about the world around them and most importantly their wonder, awe, and love for Jesus and His Creation. The Learning Loft Preschool has been voted #1 preschool in Lake County for three years in a row. 

There are still part time openings for the Learning Loft Preschool for 2021-22, call for a tour, (440) 354-7574 or visit

St. Mary of the Assumption Wee Learn Preschool
8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
(440) 255-9781

Small Hands Big Dreams Learning Centers
8465 Market Street, Mentor
(440) 255-7775
9823 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland
(440) 367-2145


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

St. Helen Preschool
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury
(440) 564-7125