Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

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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.)


CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
A strong start is key to academic success. That’s why the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and private providers are expanding high-quality preschool. Since 2013, their PRE4CLE partnership has added 1,420 high-quality seats. Forty CMSD preschools have received Ohio’s top rating. Call 216-838-0110 for information about CMSD’s high-quality preschool options. clevelandmetroschools.org

CLEVELAND METROPARKS PRESCHOOL
Cleveland Metroparks Preschool uses the natural world to support both child development and conservation values.  Children spend time outdoors every day connecting with the natural world and creating a sense of belonging. clevelandmetroparks.com/preschool

CLEVELAND MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Cleveland Montessori is celebrating 23 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, clevelandmontessori.org

BRIGHT FUTURES PRESCHOOL AT CLEVELAND SIGHT CENTER
Bright Futures Preschool offers specialized instruction and educational opportunities to children ages 3-5 within CSC’s main building in University Circle. This experience rich program serves children who are blind/low vision and their sighted peers. The integrated approach allows for the development of appropriate language and social behavior. The staff differentiates instruction based on each student’s strengths and needs. University Circle, 1909 E. 101st St., Cleveland, 216-791-8118, clevelandsightcenter.org

COMMUNION OF SAINTS SCHOOL
Fostering Faith, Service and Scholarship. Pre-k, kindergarten through eighth grade. For admissions information for preschool, kindergarten or grades first through eighth, please call 216-932-4177. To schedule a preschool tour, please email Liz Fisher at [email protected] 2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Hts., communionofsaintsschool.org

CREATIVE PLAYROOMS
Creative Playrooms offer programs for ages 6 weeks to 12 years; Infant/Toddler, Nursery School, Pre-Kindergarten, Montessori Program, Chartered Private Kindergarten, Before & After School Programs, and Summer Camp. Some of the activities include swimming lessons in their indoor pools and/or outdoor pool, computer labs, music, gymnastics, Spanish classes, science and more. Their experienced cooks serve breakfast, snacks and hot lunches daily. Locations in Independence, Maple Hts., Parma, Solon, Strongsville and Westlake. Visit creativeplayrooms.com or call 440-349-9111

FAIRMOUNT EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Fairmount Early Childhood Center creates an environment where learning is fun and play is important. Hands-on learning activities stimulate and challenge the students to encourage social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. Fairmount offers programs for children ages 3-5 years. Half-day, all-day and extended day programs are available. 24601 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, 216-292-2344, beachwoodschools.org/fairmount

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. Call 216-932-0620, ext. 117 or visit gesu.com for more information.

GILMOUR ACADEMY
At Gilmour Academy’s Lower School, students begin a lifelong love of learning that is personalized and rooted in its Holy Cross tradition. Small class sizes and dedicated teachers meet students where they are academically to ensure success and build confidence. It’s the advantage of an independent and Catholic school. 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, 440-473-8050, gilmour.org

GROSS SCHECHTER
Gross Schechter is a co-ed Jewish independent school in Pepper Pike for children from ages 6 weeks through eighth 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, grossschechter.org

HANNA PERKINS CENTER
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, hannaperkins.org

HATHAWAY BROWN
Hathaway Brown welcomes girls in K-12 and girls and boys in Infant Care through Early Childhood to a beautiful 16-acre campus that includes an aquatics center, turf field, IDEA Lab, visual and performing arts spaces, and more. 19600 N. Park Blvd., Shaker Hts. Call 216-320-8767 or visit hb.edu to schedule your tour.

HAWKEN SCHOOL
Hawken School is accepting applications for preschool and pre-kindergarten for the 2018-19 year. Applicants must turn 3 by Dec. 31, 2018. Highlights of the Early Childhood program include introduction to Spanish and Chinese in pre-kindergarten and afternoon enrichment classes in science, movement, visual and dramatic arts, language and culture, and music. 5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, 440-423-4446, hawken.edu

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL, STOW
Preschool and pre-kindergarten for children ages 3-5. The school provides a variety of class options (2 or 3 half-day and all-day programs) in a fun and nurturing hands-on learning environment. Students explore and learn through a variety of experiences that enhance their creative, physical, emotional and social development. 3163 Kent Road, Stow, 330-688-3816,  holyfamilyschoolstow.org

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY’S BRIGHT BEGINNINGS
Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Bright Beginnings Pre-K offers half- and full-day options for 4- and 5-year-olds. The program runs Monday through Thursday with an optional Exploration Friday. Emphasis is on hands-on learning in a faith-based environment. 2859 Lillis Drive, Cuyahoga Falls. Contact Director Sherry Foss at 330-923-1220 for a tour or visit ihmgradeschool.org

INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY
Real School for Preschool. The Incarnate Word Academy Preschool program is professionally designed to develop skills and transition students from home to school in a faith-based, safe, nurturing environment. The school prepares students for kindergarten. Children will enjoy fun activities while learning self-help, social, language arts, math, and fine and gross motor skills. Curriculum includes STEM and Spanish. 6620 Pearl Road, Parma Hts., 440-842-6818. incarnatewordacademy.org

JOSEPH & FLORENCE MANDEL JEWISH DAY SCHOOL
Mandel JDS’s nurturing Early Childhood program (18 months to pre-kindergarten) blends an academically enriched environment with Jewish studies. As Cleveland’s first Jewish day school accredited for educational excellence by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Mandel JDS features a play-oriented, project-based, joyful and integrated approach to learning. Half-day and extended-day options are available. 26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood. Call Laura Simon, Director of Admissions, at 216-464-4055 or visit mandeljds.org

LAKE ERIE NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s 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. Their 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, lensc.org

LAWRENCE SCHOOL ALPHABET ADVENTURES
Alphabet Adventures is offered twice a week for an hour and a half at Lawrence Lower School in Broadview Heights. The program is designed to help preschool-aged children develop and improve phonemic awareness and pre-reading skills in a fun and nurturing environment. 1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Hts., 440-832-7850, lawrenceschool.org/abc

MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
Montessori School of University Heights, celebrating 49 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, ms-uh.org

CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AT THE MUSIC SETTLEMENT
Welcoming parents of young children to The Music Settlement’s Early Childhood Open Houses throughout January. Preschool, Day School and Kindergarten at University Circle and a new campus on Detroit Avenue in Ohio City in Fall 2018. Play-based curriculum to support early learners. 11125 Magnolia Drive, 2610 Detroit Ave. (opens Fall 2018), Cleveland, 216-421-5806 ext. 160. Dates and more information are online at tmskids.org

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 who are age 2 by Aug. 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, Old Trail offers three- and five-day programs, with full- and half-day options. 2315 Ira Road, Bath, 330-666-1118, oldtrail.org

OUR LADY OF THE ELMS
Our Lady of the Elms is an independent all-girls Catholic school. Its co-educational preschool provides a warm and nurturing backdrop of active learning. Girls and young women in kindergarten through grade 12 experience a liberating learning and social environment where they can flourish, excel and achieve without hesitation or distraction. 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron, 330-836-9384, theelems.org

RUFFING MONTESSORI SCHOOL IN ROCKY RIVER
Founded in 1959, Ruffing Montessori School in Rocky River provides an environment for children ages 3 to 12 to engage in academic pursuits as well as learn the critical skills of collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking. Primary classes have limited availability for 3-year-olds for the 2018-19 school year. 1285 Orchard Park Drive, Rocky River. For more information, call 440-333-2250 or visit ruffingmontessori.org

MANDEL EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER AT THE SHAW JCC OF AKRON
Mandel Early Childhood Education Center supports the growth and development of each child (ages 6 weeks to pre-K) by providing a hands-on, exploration-based curriculum in a warm, nurturing environment. Classes incorporate experiences designed to enhance children’s understanding of the world around them and their relationship to it as they are expressed through Jewish values and traditions. Enrichment classes include dancing, swimming, music and physical education. 750 White Pond Drive, Akron. Learn more at shawjcc.org/ece or call 330-835-0046 to schedule a tour.

SOUTH SUBURBAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL
South Suburban Montessori School creates an intellectual environment that fosters empathetic, confident, courageous self-learners ages 18 months to 14 years. Its traditional Montessori Method of education is designed to create a space for the students to learn who they are, what they are capable of and how they can make a difference in their community and the world. 4450 Oakes Road, Bldg. 6, Brecksville, 440-526-1966, [email protected], ssmsmontessori.net

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. 4019 Manchester Road, Akron, 330-644-0638, stfparishschool.org

ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION
In the St. Mary of the Assumption Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs, located in the Kindergarten wing of the school, children explore learning through a center-based curriculum using blocks, manipulatives, everyday math counting, dramatic play, writing, art, gym and technology. Its teachers are cheerful and loving and have a true passion for teaching little ones. The school has a quality academic program where Ohio state standards are implemented within a Catholic environment. 8540 Mentor Ave., Mentor. To set up a tour, please call 440-255-9781 or visit stmarysmentor.org

ST. MARY CHARDON LITTLE SCHOLARS PRESCHOOL
Come check out the expanded offerings at St. Mary Chardon’s Little Scholars preschool program, part of the only Ohio STEM Designated school in Geauga County. Full-day and part-time options are available, along with before and after school care for full-time students. Registration begins Jan. 18. 401 North St., Chardon, 440-286-3590, stmaryschoolchardon.org

STS. JOSEPH & JOHN — LIL VIKINGS PRESCHOOL
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, sjjschool.org

THE ST. SEBASTIAN PARISH CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING
Established in 2001, the St. Sebastian Parish Center for Early Learning, a Catholic preschool in West Akron, provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for the enhancement of each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and physical potential. Offering full-day and half-day programs for ages 3 to 5. 500 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-9107, stsebastian.org/school/preschool

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 an enriching learning environment, healthy meals, and engaging activities affordable for all families. 216-325-9678, thecentersohio.org

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL
University School’s junior kindergarten boys explore, discover, learn and play in a hands-on, joyful classroom. Activities encourage the development of early cognitive language and math skills infused with science, art, music, physical education, and play. With a focus on kindergarten readiness, boys develop the academic, social and emotional skills needed to enter kindergarten with self-confidence and independence. 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Hts., 216-321-8260, us.edu

YMCA
With an emphasis on kindergarten readiness and nurturing and fun interactions, the YMCA is a leading provider of quality care for preschoolers throughout Northeast Ohio. Through small class sizes, licensed instructors and Golden Rule values, the YMCA prepares children with new skills to use and new relationships to cherish. To find a location near you, visit neoymcas.org

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