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.)

 

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 that are affordable for all families. 216-325-9678, thecentersohio.org

CLEVELAND MONTESSORI
Cleveland Montessori has been serving the Little Italy and Greater Cleveland community for 25 years. Students from preschool through eighth grade are met with respect and compassion as they strive to meet their individual potential. Cleveland Montessori provides an “Education for Life” and celebrates diversity, growth and joy. Come to the open house on Jan. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-0700, clevelandmontessori.org

CORPUS CHRISTI ACADEMY
Early learning begins at Corpus Christi Academy. CCA offers full- and half-day pre-K programs for the 2020-21 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

CREATIVE PLAYROOMS
Creative Playrooms Montessori Program provides children with a prepared learning environment that helps them gain independence by exploring and discovering Montessori materials. This environment and the role of the teacher distinguish the Montessori Programs from other educational approaches. Independence, Parma, Solon, Strongsville, Westlake, 440-349-9111, creativeplayrooms.com

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

FAITH PRESCHOOL
Faith Preschool is an affordable traditional half-day preschool program preparing students ages 3 to school age for future learning with confidence and respect through a play- and art-based curriculum. Students move, explore and work together with hands-on literacy and STEM activities. An extended day option is available. 575 Richmond Road, Richmond Hts., 216-382-7010, faithpreschoolrhoh.org

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.  Visit gesu.com or call 216-932-0620, ext. 304 for more information.

GILMOUR ACADEMY
Gilmour’s Montessori Toddler and PreK/Kindergarten programs serve students ages 18 months to 6 years and feed seamlessly into its traditional Lower School. Children learn through hands-on experiences that incorporate an understanding of the world around them, becoming effective problem solvers who develop a lifelong love of learning. 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, 440-473-8000, gilmour.org

GROSS SCHECHTER
Gross Schechter is a coed Jewish independent school in Pepper Pike for children 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 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 toddler, preschool and prekindergarten for the 2020-21 school 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 be 18 months by Sept. 30, 2020. 5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, 440-423-4446, hawken.edu

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., 216-464-0946, laurelschool.org

Le CHAPERON ROUGE
The school’s entire preschool curriculum is offered to every child without charging extra for phonics, math, art, music, social studies, science, French and Spanish, computers, and nutritious hot breakfast, lunch and snack. Locations include Westlake, Solon, Rocky River, Hudson, Avon, Strongsville, Amherst, Independence, Bath, Brecksville and the newest location in Shaker Heights. For more information, visit lechaperonrouge.com

THE LILLIAN AND BETTY RATNER SCHOOL
Ratner Montessori offers programs for students 18 months through eighth grade that meet the needs of individual learners in a welcoming, caring, global community. Ratner empowers students to find joy in learning and to become their best selves. Visit and experience Ratner’s unique educational environment first-hand. 27575 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike, 216-464-0033, theratnerschool.org

LITTLE SAINTS PRESCHOOL
Little Saints Preschool programs are in alignment with the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards. The programs (Pre-3, Pre-4, Pre-5) are designed to develop both kindergarten readiness and social-emotional skills. Pre-5 classes offer opportunities for the 5-year-old who may benefit from an additional year of growth and development. 28702 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, 440-943-1395, allsaintssjv.com

MANDEL JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
The J is committed to helping young children, ages 18 months to pre-K, grow, develop and experience new and extraordinary things every day. From exceptional child care, beautiful classrooms, a children’s garden, and swim and yoga lessons, all this and more can be found at the J’s Step Up to Quality Five-Star-rated program. Its talented staff helps children learn and gain independence in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment, all within a Jewish framework. 2600 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood, 216-593-6294, mandeljcc.org

MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S SCHOOL
For over 49 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

THE MUSIC SETTLEMENT CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
Focused on children from three weeks through 6 years, the Center for Early Childhood provides a warm and nurturing environment that encourages natural curiosity, collaboration, exploration and discovery. The school provides diverse, multi-cultural experiences through discussion, science, music, stories, cooking, art and many other sensory experiences. University Circle and Ohio City campuses, 216-421-5806, themusicsettlement.org

OUT OF THE BOX PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Out of the Box preschool program is a heart-centered program designed for children with or without disabilities, and ESL (English second language). The school offers full calendar year, full-day, wrap around services, transportation, licensed teachers with community engagement. The school accepts autism scholarship, title 20 and private pay. Call 330-571-8878.

SOUTH SUBURBAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL
South Suburban Montessori School dedicates itself to providing an authentic Montessori education to children ages 18 months through 14 years. Its 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. 4450 Oakes Road, Bldg. 7, Brecksville, 440-526-1966, ssmsmontessori.net

SPRING GARDEN WALDORF SCHOOL
Waldorf education is the fastest growing, independent school movement in North America.  Spring Garden Waldorf School (SGWS) is an independent school, located in Copley, offering a quality Waldorf education for children from preschool through eighth grade. This method works because it addresses the whole child: cognitive, social and creative. 1791 S. Jacoby Road, Copley, 330-666-0574, sgws.org

ST. BARNABAS SCHOOL
St. Barnabas Catholic School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence ranging from preschool through eighth grade. St. Barnabas School is a family, fostering lifelong relationships and a spirit of loyalty and pride. Its staff is dedicated to the spiritual, academic, social, physical and emotional development of all students. 9200 Olde Eight Road, Northfield, 330-467-7921, sbcatholicschool.com

ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION PRESCHOOL
St. Mary of the Assumption Preschool 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 at an open house on Feb. 2 following the 10 a.m. mass until 1 p.m. 8540 Mentor Ave., Mentor, 440-255-9781, stmarymentorschool.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. The school offers full-day and half-day programs for ages 3 to 5. All classes are taught by degreed teachers. 500 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-9107, stsebastian.org/school

ST. VINCENT de PAUL PARISH PRE-KINDERGARTEN
St. Vincent de Paul Parish Pre-Kindergarten is dedicated to inspiring a love for learning and empowering its students to reach their potential in spiritual growth, academic achievement, creativity and citizenship. The school offers a full-day, five day a week program for children who are 4 years old and integrates its state STEM designation into the core curriculum, setting children up for educational success. 17 S. Maple St., Akron, 330-762-5912, stvincentelementary.com

STS. JOSEPH & JOHN — LITTLE VIKINGS PRESCHOOL
A 2019 Governor’s Thomas Edison Award and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Sts. Joseph & John School in Strongsville delivers the highest standards in education. The Little Vikings Preschool provides a safe, loving and nurturing environment. Dedicated teachers strive not only to develop students scholastically, but also socially, emotionally and spiritually. As a fully accredited institution, its staff lives the values and teachings of faith and encourages lifelong learning. 12580 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-4877, sjjschool.org

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
A great education starts with the best foundation. At VCA, 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, valleychristian.com

WESTSHORE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
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 a premier Montessori preschool on the west side specializing in early childhood development, Westshore Montessori provides a strong foundation. 26536 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-899-7911, westshoremontessori.org

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