Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

The Greater Cleveland area is home to many options when it comes to preschool. If it’s time to start considering which area preschool would be the right fit for your child — and your family — begin your search for information by consulting the following list of private preschools in Northeast Ohio. (For more information on how to choose the right preschool, click here.)

Akron Area YMCA
Pre-school programs located inside the Akron Area YMCA branches or as part of an off-site neighborhood program are loving, reliable, affordable and quality-awarded. Enrolling children from age 3, the Y programs focus on kindergarten preparedness through the caring principles to build healthy mind, body and spirit for all participants. 50 S. Main St., Akron, 330-376-1335,

Chapel Hill Christian School
Loving, nurturing, experienced teachers. Biblically based, developmentally appropriate, academically stimulating learning environment with special classes in Spanish, physical education, music, art, and library. State certified with full-day or half-day options, 3 or 5 days per week. Phonics-based reading. Start with the school and stay through sixth grade. Two campuses: 1090 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-929-1901; and 1639 Killian Road, Akron, 330-896-0852,

Cleveland Montessori School
Cleveland Montessori is celebrating 22 years of serving the children of Greater Cleveland. The school’s education looks at each child’s individual potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. The school’s proximity to University Circle provides many extensions for cultural and scientific exploration, setting the stage for an experience rich in diversity, growth and joy. 12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-0700,

Fairmount Early Childhood Center
Fairmount Early Childhood Center provides quality programming for children ages 3-5, in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Children are active learners, observing, experimenting and problem solving to interpret their world through meaningful experiences within the context of their development. They develop school readiness skills for kindergarten and beyond. Multiple scheduling options available. 24601 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, 216-292-2344,

Gesu Preschool
The Gesu Preschool Program for children ages 3-5 provides a nurturing, faith-based environment where learning occurs through “hands-on” exploration and interaction, using developmentally appropriate activities and materials. 2450 Miramar Blvd., University Hts., 216-932-0620,

Gross Schechter
Gross Schechter is a co-ed Jewish independent school in Pepper Pike for children from ages 6 weeks through 8th grade. Students become critical thinkers as well as passionate, well-rounded individuals with a strong Jewish identity through the program. The school has a personalized, child-centered approach to learning, which leads to student achievement, and its community makes it a second home for Jewish families. 27601 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike, 216-763-1400,

Hanna Perkins School
Hanna Perkins School is a play-based preschool and kindergarten focused on healthy emotional development for success in school and life. In a nurturing environment of trust and mutual respect, children receive all the academic fundamentals while developing emotional intelligence to manage the complex social interactions of daily life. For more than 65 years, the school’s approach has been used to train educators across Northeast Ohio. 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Hts., 216-991-4772,

Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown welcomes girls K-12 and girls and boys in Early Childhood and Infant & Toddler. Its beautiful 16-acre campus includes an aquatics center, turf field, IDEA Lab, visual and performing arts spaces, and more. The school’s staff would love to show you around! Visit or call 216-320-8767 to schedule your tour. 19600 N. Park Blvd., Shaker Hts.

Hawken School
Highlights of the Early Childhood program include introduction to Spanish and Chinese in prekindergarten and afternoon enrichment classes in science, movement, visual and dramatic arts, language and culture, and music. Hawken School is accepting applications for preschool and prekindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. Applicants must turn age 3 by Dec. 31, 2017. 5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, 440-210-3037,

Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School
Mandel JDS’ nurturing early childhood program 
(ages 18 months to pre-kindergarten) features play-based, multi-sensory learning experiences that meet 
the social-emotional, cognitive, physical and Judaic development of each child. Enrichment classes include music, yoga, gym, library and more. Half-day and extended-day options are available. Call Laura Simon, director of admissions, at 216-464-4055. 26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood,

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Early childhood programs build on children’s inherent curiosity about the world. Experienced teachers lead students in hands-on, nature-based activities that integrate science, math, literacy and the arts while encouraging cooperative learning and social competence. Its programs are designed to be taken in combination with each other as a preschool program or individually as a complement to traditional preschool. 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900,

Lake County Y Child Care
Hands-on child care nurtures imagination and curiosity. The Lake County Y believes all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Its Child Care programs help children cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Through hands-on learning experiences, ages 6 weeks through 6th grade are engaged in activities to help them realize their potential. Connect with the Y at, on Facebook or at its branches.

Medina Christian Academy
With the theme of “Love God, Love Others, Love Learning,” Medina Christian Academy’s Little Knights Preschool provides a safe, encouraging and challenging place for children to learn about the world around them. PreK-3 meets Tuesday/Thursday and PreK-4 on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. 3646 Medina Road, Medina, 330-725-3227,

Montessori School of University Heights
Montessori School of University Heights, celebrating 48 years of excellence, is dedicated to helping each child become the unique person his/her Creator intended in a Christian atmosphere of peace, love and respect. The Montessori approach involves: providing comprehensive, individualized opportunities for growth; engaging children in a caring, supportive community; and developing concentration, independence, self-discipline, compassion, confidence and joy in learning. 23599 Cedar Road, Beachwood, 216-381-8388,

Notre Dame Elementary School
Notre Dame Elementary School (pre-K through 8th grade) is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Celebrating God’s goodness and provident care, NDES educates children by nurturing dreams, excellence and success. NDES empowers students by providing a strong foundation to achieve academic excellence, realize their full potential and succeed in making a positive difference in today’s world. 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon 440-279-1127,

Old Trail School
Old Trail School’s Early Childhood Program provides a variety of options for children ages 2-5. Toddler and Toddler-Adult programs are available for students age two by 8/31 – ready for their first school experience. Options include attending one or two mornings a week, with or without an adult. For children ages 3-5 they offer three and five day programs, with full and half day options. Now enrolling for 2017-18. 2315 Ira Road, Bath, 330-666-1118,

Open Door Christian Schools
Open Door Christian Schools are co-educational preschool through grade 12 college preparatory schools serving Christian families in Northeast Ohio. All ODCS provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can thrive and be well prepared for life. ODCS is your family’s partner as your student discovers their identity in Christ, develops their faith and discovers their calling. In partnership with the family and church, its mission is to equip disciples through exemplary education. 8287 W. Ridge Road, Elyria, 440-322-6386,

Pembroke Kids
Pembroke Kids is a safe and nurturing environment of discovery and learning for young children. Pembroke is a Five Star SUTQ rated program with a preschool, chartered kindergarten and first grade. Also available is extended care, tutoring, and an eight-week summer camp program for preschool through 6th grade. 32900 Pin Oak Pkwy., Avon Lake, 440-933-3782,

St. Albert the Great Preschool
“Where the Light of Christ Shines.” The mission at Saint Albert the Great School is to work with families; to educate each child to know, believe and live the Catholic faith; and to continue lifelong learning. 6667 Wallings Road, North Royalton, 440-237-1032,

St. Francis de Sales Parish School
St. Francis de Sales Parish School Early Childhood Program offers preschool and pre-kindergarten for ages 3-5 and is Ohio and Catholic Diocese of Cleveland accredited. Through play, learning centers and stories, the environment promotes the physical, social, creative and cognitive development of each learner. 4009 Manchester Road, Akron, 330-644-0638,

Sts. Joseph & John School
A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Sts. Joseph & John School in Strongsville delivers the highest standards in education. The Lil Vikings Preschool provides a safe, loving and nurturing environment. Dedicated teachers strive not only to develop students scholastically, but also socially, emotionally and spiritually. Discover the SJJ Advantage. 12580 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-4877,

St. Sebastian Parish Center for Early Learning
The Center for Early Learning is a Christ-centered Catholic preschool that provides a safe, nurturing environment for the enhancement of each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and physical potential. The curriculum is taught by degreed teachers with extensive experience and continuous professional development. Attend an open house on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 476 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-2233,

The Centers for Families and Children
The Centers for Families and Children operates seven high-quality early learning centers throughout Northeast Ohio, preparing students from birth to age 5 for kindergarten and beyond. It offers a true learning environment, healthy meals, and enrichment activities affordable for all families. 216-325-9678,

The Music Settlement’s Center for Early Childhood
Since 1955, The Music Settlement’s Center for Early Childhood has provided exceptional learning & cultural experiences. The school received a five-star (highest) award from Ohio’s Step Up To Quality. Drop-in open houses for adults for 2017-18 half-day Preschool, year-round day school, and full-day kindergarten take place Jan. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.; and Jan. 11, 5:30-7 p.m. Kindergarten night is Jan. 11, 7-8 p.m. 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, 216-421-5806,

The Preschool in Montrose
The only cooperative preschool in the Fairlawn, Bath and West Akron area, The Preschool in Montrose offers classes for 2-year-olds and a caregiver, 3-4 year olds, and 4-5 year olds. Developmentally appropriate curriculum, experienced teachers and parent involvement are what make this preschool one of the best. 605 N. Revere Road, Akron, 330-618-2357,

Willo-Hill Christian School
Willo-Hill Christian School is committed to providing a quality, affordable preschool program for 3- and 4-year-old students in its Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 programs.  Through a diverse and well-rounded schedule of activities, children are helped to develop important verbal, social, and academic skills in a Christ-centered, family-oriented setting. Students enjoy creative, fun activities while developing the skills needed for kindergarten readiness. 4200 State Route 306, Willoughby, 440-951-5391,

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