Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

Northeast Ohio Preschool Guide

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 by consulting the following list of private preschools in Northeast Ohio. (For our complete preschool directory, click here.)

The Centers operates seven high-quality early learning centers throughout Northeast Ohio, preparing students from birth to age 5 for kindergarten and beyond. They offer an enriching learning environment, engaging activities and highly qualified teachers and staff. Welcoming classrooms serve children of all abilities. The programs are affordable for all families, offering payment options for private pay, voucher qualified and Early/Head Start-eligible families. 216-325-9678,


Cleveland Montessori has been serving the Little Italy and Greater Cleveland Community for over 25 years, providing an education for life that celebrates diversity, growth and joy. 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 unique urban setting. Apply now for 2022-23 at 216-421-0700, [email protected],

Creative Playrooms Montessori and Child Care Centers give children a leg up as they begin to climb the ladder of lifetime learning. Their gifted educators help kids fall in love with learning, and their centers focus on enriching the whole child — physically, emotionally, and cognitively — through their traditional and play-based Montessori approach. As an award-winning childcare provider with six locations and 50-plus years of experience in the Greater Cleveland area, Creative Playrooms offers multiple programs for infants through school-age, but also provides families a choice of traditional or Montessori programs to best meet their child’s unique needs.

Fairmount Early Childhood Center creates an environment where learning is fun and play is important. Hands-on learning activities stimulate and challenge students to encourage social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. Fairmount offers programs for children ages 3 to 5. Half-day, all-day and extended-day programs are available. Contact Preschool Director Karen Leeds for more information. 216-464-2600, [email protected],

Hawken’s Early Childhood program allows your child to experience the joys of childhood while developing foundational knowledge, creative and critical thinking skills, citizenship, and the habits of mind to support lifelong learning. Highlights include introduction to Spanish and Chinese in prekindergarten and afternoon enrichment classes in science, movement, visual and dramatic arts, language and culture, and music. Applications are now being accepted for 2022-23. Applicants must be 18 months old by September 30.

Give your child the right start by choosing Lakewood’s Early Childhood Program. The path to success starts here with an education designed to meet each student’s academic, social, emotional, creative and developmental needs. The program offers a variety of options for ages 3 to 5, and all classes include Beck Center Music Therapy at no additional cost. 216-529-4214,

Montessori School of University Heights, established in 1968, is a pre-primary school dedicated to helping each child become the unique person his/her creator intended in a Christian atmosphere of peace, love and respect. Children enter at age 3 and remain through their kindergarten year. 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. 216-381-8388,

At The Nest Schools, they believe involving children in hands-on experiences is the true definition of teaching. Each day, they’re re-imagining learning through creative play opportunities that encourage children to wonder, question, work with their peers, and experiment with different possibilities. Each element of their Nest Play curriculum shares one goal: to help children love to learn. The Nest Schools’ preschool program will prepare children for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA).

Ruffing Montessori School, located in Rocky River, creates a warm, loving environment for children 3 years old through 8th grade to engage in academic pursuits as well as learn the skills of collaboration, problem-solving, and creative thinking. Founded in 1959, Ruffing operates in a 46,560-square-foot building on 5.25 acres of land. For information or to set up a personal tour, go to or contact Lisa Dadas at 440-333-2250 or I[email protected]

Located in Cuyahoga Falls, Saint Joseph Parish’s Early Childhood Learning Center creates a safe and nurturing learning experience for students in preschool through kindergarten. In addition to the standard curriculum, students have weekly classes in music, art, Spanish, P.E., and religion. Students spend time with iPads in the technology center and have a makerspace for hands-on experience with the concepts learned in class. Full-day and half-day programs are available. 330-928-2151,

South Suburban Montessori School dedicates itself to providing an authentic Montessori education to children ages 18 months through 14 years. Their values of compassion, authenticity, respect and excellence inspire the school’s rich tradition of nurturing each child’s natural love of learning. Founded in 1970, South Suburban is located just 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland in Brecksville’s beautiful Blossom Hill Complex. 440-526-1966,

The daily activities of our early childhood program unfold in an unhurried rhythm giving the child a sense of security and consistency. The program is based on the understanding that young children learn through imitation and play. A significant amount of time is spent outdoors in all seasons with exceptions only for very inclement weather.  The child’s imagination, creativity and early foundations for academic learning are fostered through storytelling, music, outdoor play and artistic activities. 330-666-0574,

St. Barnabas Catholic School
St. Barnabas Catholic School is a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence ranging from preschool through 8th grade. Their preschool and full-day prekindergarten provides many options for ages 3, 4 and 5. They offer before and after care in their early learning center as well as summer childcare for enrolled students. The school is dedicated to the spiritual, academic, emotional, physical and emotional development of students. Apply today for the 2022-2023 school year! 330-467-7921,

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. 330-836-9107,

St. Thomas More School
St. Thomas More is sensitive to each child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. Each child’s unique development growth is nurtured through age-appropriate activities that emphasize a hands-on learning process. Through exploration, the child discovers God in the world around him or her. Their program is designed to develop in children a sense of independence and responsibility. They encourage not just learning, but also the love of learning. St. Thomas More offers part-time, full-time, and extended-day programs for ages 3 to 5. 216-749-1660, [email protected] 

St. Vincent de Paul Parish Pre-Kindergarten is dedicated to inspiring a love for learning and empowering our students to reach their potential in spiritual growth, academic achievement, creativity and citizenship. We offer a full-day or half-day, five-day-a-week program for children who are 4 years old. We integrate our rich faith, academic excellence and state STEM designation into our curriculum to prepare children for personal and academic success. Akron, 330-762-5912,

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