Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

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The greater Cleveland/Akron 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 our complete preschool directory, click here.)

 

ALL SAINTS SCHOOL OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY
The “Little Saints” preschool program offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum utilizing engaging themes that encourage creativity and respect the uniqueness of the individual child. The Little Saints Program concentrates on developing a love for learning, for family, and for our God. 28702 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, 440-943-1395, allsaintssjv.org

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

CORPUS CHRISTI ACADEMY
Early learning begins at Corpus Christi Academy! CCA offers full- and half-day pre-K programs for the 2019-20 school year. Its pre-K program offers outdoor discovery, Reggio Emilia-inspired learning, social-emotional development, cooperative learning experiences, and project-based learning activities. 5655 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, 440-449-4244, corpuschristiacad.org/preschool

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, ext. 117, gesu.com

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

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 SCHOOL
Hathaway Brown School 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., 216-320-8767, hb.edu

HAWKEN SCHOOL
Hawken School is accepting applications for preschool and prekindergarten for the 2019-20 year. 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. Applicants must turn 3 by Dec. 31, 2019. 5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, 440-423-4446, hawken.edu

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

LAKE ERIE NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s preschool programs build on children’s inherent curiosity by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical and academic development. Experienced teachers encourage children to develop an attitude of inquiry and respect for the natural world while incorporating all areas of Ohio’s Early Childhood Outcomes including science, math, literacy and the arts. 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org

LAUREL SCHOOL
Laurel School’s Pre-Primary school educates girls and boys, ages 18 months to 5 years. The cognitively rich and play-based curriculum fosters creativity while laying a foundation for academic success. Students are focused on developing skills, nurturing talents, building confidence and cultivating each child in small classes. 1 Lyman Circle, Shaker Hts., laurelschool.org

LAWRENCE SCHOOL ALPHABET ADVENTURES
Alphabet Adventures is designed to help preschool-aged children develop and improve phonemic awareness and pre-reading skills in a fun and nurturing environment. Weekday and weekend sessions are available at 1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Hts., 440-832-7850, lawrenceschool.org/abc

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, 330-835-0046, shawjcc.org/ece

MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S SCHOOL
For over 48 years, MCS has provided Excellence in Montessori Education, enriching the lives of more than 8,000 children. It provides individualized curriculum for toddler, pre-primary, full-day kindergarten, and elementary through third grade. Spanish, music and library classes are included with no additional fees. MCS is licensed and chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education. 28370 Bassett Road, Westlake, 440-871-8773,
montessorichildrensschool.com

MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
Montessori School of University Heights, celebrating 50 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

OLD TRAIL SCHOOL
Old Trail School’s Early Childhood Program provides a variety of options for children ages 2-5. A two-day program (mornings) is available for children who are age 2 by Aug. 31. For children ages 3-5, Old Trail offers three- and five-day programs, with full- and half-day options. 2315 Ira Road, Akron, 330-666-1118, oldtrail.org

REDEEMER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Preschool and pre-kindergarten are formative years for children. They realize the importance of learning, following rules and friendship. Redeemer Christian School partners with parents through God’s love to prepare children spiritually, academically and socially for life. See why RCS is “A Great Place to Grow!” 2141 5th St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-1280, weloveredeemer.com

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   

SPRING GARDEN WALDORF SCHOOL
Spring Garden Waldorf School (preschool to eighth grade) is part of the fastest growing independent school movement in the nation.  The Waldorf approach works because it addresses the whole child — cognitive, social, and creative ­— while meeting the needs of each individual through a challenging and multi-sensory environment. 1791 S. Jacoby Road, Copley, 330-666-0574, sgws.org

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, stfparishschool.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

ST. JUDE SCHOOL
St. Jude School, now in its 15th year, offers a variety of preschool class options to meet the individual needs of its families. Preschool classes are available for students as young as 3 with options of half-day, full-day and up to five days a week. 594 Poplar St., Elyria, 440-366-1681, stjudejaguars.org

ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION WEE LEARN PRESCHOOL
St. Mary of the Assumption School provides a warm, safe, supporting and nurturing Christ-centered environment.  The school provides opportunities for children to learn and grow in their faith both academically and socially. Come and see what makes the school a family! 8540 Mentor Ave., Mentor, 440-255-9781, stmarysmentor.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. All classes taught by degreed teachers. 500 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-9107, stsebastian.org/school

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL
University School’s Junior Kindergarten allows boys to develop the academic, social and emotional skills needed to enter kindergarten the following year with self-confidence and independence. Boys engage in activities that encourage the development of early cognitive language and math skills infused with science, language, art, music, physical education and outdoor play. 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Hts., 216-321-8260, us.edu

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
A great eduction starts with the BEST foundation! Preschool students have the benefit of a small class size with all the resources of a full PreK-8 school. Students consistently test above the national average and learn to love like Jesus. Schedule a visit today! 1037 East Blvd., Aurora, 330-562-8191, valleychrisitian.com

WESTSHORE MONTESSORI
The beautiful, inviting and thoughtfully arranged environments at Westshore Montessori school set the stage for activity that is focused, calm and embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach. As the west side’s premier Montessori preschool, specializing in early childhood development, Westshore Montessori provides a strong foundation. 440-899-7911, westshoremontessori.org

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