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2022 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 Cuyahoga listings followed by Lake County then 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 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 ClevelandMetroSchools.org/EarlyEd 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 27 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.  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


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

The Corpus Christi Academy prekindergarten program offers both full- and half-day options to meet the needs of your family.   The half-day program is offered M-F from 8:15 am–11:15 am and the full-day program is offered M-F from 8:15 am–2:15 pm. Prekindergarten students will examine their world using a play-based approach that encourages critical thinking and builds confidence as the littlest Eagles learn to soar. Before-care and after-care options also available.


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


Fairmount Early Childhood Center
24601 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood
(216) 464-2600
www.beachwoodschools.org/fairmount.aspx

The preschool environment encourages children to manipulate developmentally appropriate materials and allows them to become confident creative explorers.  Hands-on learning activities stimulate and challenge the students to encourage social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.   

The curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles.  The curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards and developmentally appropriate practices.               

The preschool follows the Beachwood City School year calendar.  Fairmount offers programs for children ages 3–5 years.  Three-year-old programs run three and five days a week.  Four-year-old programs run half-day and all-day, five days a week.  The Young 5’s class is all-day, five days a week for students that turn 5 years old by December 31, 2022.

Fairmount Early Childhood Center is located in Beachwood, Ohio and is open to residents and nonresidents.  Contact Karen Leeds, preschool director for more information.


Gilmour Academy
34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills
(440) 473-8165


Gross Schechter Day School
27601 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 763-1400


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


Laurel School
www.LaurelSchool.org
(216) 464-0946
Butler Campus
7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Township
Lyman Campus
One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights


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


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


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


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


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


The Goddard School
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Township
(440) 350-1333
www.GoddardSchool.com

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
www.greatdaychildcare.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

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

Lake Geauga United Head Start, Inc. prepares children ages 3–5 for kindergarten through a fun, social, and innovative program.  This free preschool program promotes healthy families by providing these free services: 
  • Curriculum-based learning
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Developmental screenings
  • Disability and mental health services
  • Nutrition education
  • Family support
  • Community resources
Lake Geauga United Head Start began serving families in 1965. Today, Head Start continues to provide a free way for preschool-aged children to begin a fun, exciting path toward a successful future in learning. More than 350 children a year participate in Head Start throughout Lake and Geauga Counties. They have centers in Painesville, Willowick and Huntsburg.

To qualify, your child must be 3, 4 or 5 years old and your family must live in Lake or Geauga county and meet the income guidelines. 

Complete an application online at www.lguhs.org or call (440) 551-9600 for more information.


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

Mater Dei Academy’s prekindergarten program for ages 3, 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
www.mentorchristian.com


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

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

Full time (4/5 yr olds) or Part Time Preschool (3/4/5 yr olds) with My Buddy & Me classes for 2.5-year-olds

St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool and St. Gabriel School have 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. 

For part-time openings for the Learning Loft Preschool call for a tour at (440) 354-7574.  For full-time, 4- to 5-year-old preschool call (440) 354-7858 or visit St-GabrielSchool.org.

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


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

Lake Geauga United Head Start, Inc. prepares children ages 3–5 for kindergarten through a fun, social, and innovative program.  This free preschool program promotes healthy families by providing these free services: 
  • Curriculum-based learning
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Developmental screenings
  • Disability and mental health services
  • Nutrition education
  • Family support
  • Community resources
Lake Geauga United Head Start began serving families in 1965. Today, Head Start continues to provide a free way for preschool-aged children to begin a fun, exciting path toward a successful future in learning. More than 350 children a year participate in Head Start throughout Lake and Geauga Counties. They have centers in Painesville, Willowick and Huntsburg.

To qualify, your child must be 3, 4 or 5 years old and your family must live in Lake or Geauga county and meet the income guidelines. 

Complete an application online at www.lguhs.org or call (440) 551-9600 for more information.


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