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

With over 20 tuition-free, public charter schools in Northeast Ohio, ACCEL Schools is serving families during the pandemic with three learning options: Traditional (5 Days at School), Online (5 Days at Home) & Hybrid (Mixed Schedule). ACCEL Schools offers full-day kindergarten and an early K program for students who turn five years old by January 1. Learn more about ACCEL’s tuition-free, accredited, and award-winning schools today! or 216-583-5230

Canton Country Day School’s Early Learning Program is created through a collaboration of both Montessori and Reggio Emilia Approach to learning. When combined, these methods offer an enhanced educational experience that meets the needs of a variety of learners. They follow each child’s development through careful observation and promote the importance of community and creativity. Each child has the freedom to discover their world while developing a love of exploring and a joy in learning. 3000 Demington Ave. NW, Canton, 330-453-8279, 

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. 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 which celebrates diversity, growth, and joy. Students from preschool through eighth 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 2021. Contact the Admissions Director, Kate Wright, for information. 12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-0700,

Corpus Christi Academy’s PreKindergarten focuses on Kindergarten preparation through play.   CCA offers Full and Half Day Pre-K programs for the 2021-2022 School year. Our Pre-K program offers outdoor discovery, social-emotional development, cooperative learning experiences, and project-based learning activities where the focus is on developing the social, emotional, and academic skills that are necessary to enter Kindergarten successfully.  Learn more by calling 440-449-4242 or by visiting  

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 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], 

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 Heights, 216-932-0620, ext. 304, 

Montessori students enjoy unique opportunities including Spanish instruction; experiential learning opportunities such as collecting eggs from our chicken coop; and after-school activities for those who would like to extend their day. Students then move seamlessly into traditional Grades 1-12, where they continue to develop as curious learners. Toddler (18-36 months) – three or five days/week; half- or full-day. PreKindergarten (ages 3-4) – five days/week; half-, three-quarter- or full-day. Kindergarten (ages 5-6) – five days/week; full-day. 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, 440-473-8050,

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, 

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

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 2021-22. Applicants must be 18 months by September 30. For more information, visit

Holy Trinity faculty collaborate to create a nurturing Catholic environment within a traditional school setting. All learning is devoted to increasing independence, social skills and developing a love of learning. All teachers are fully licensed and certified by the state of Ohio. Scholastic Big Day in Pre-K, Fundations (reading) and Bridges (math) curriculums are used to develop and practice kindergarten readiness skills in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. 33601 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-937-5363,

Give your child the right start by choosing Lakewood School’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. They offer a variety of options for ages 3-5 and all classes include Beck Center Music Therapy at no additional cost. For more information, visit or call 216-529-4214.

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 newest location Shaker Heights. For more information visit 

The J’s Five Star Step Up to Quality rated Preschool and Toddlercare allows children 18 months to 4 years old to grow and develop in an enriching environment filled with play, exploration and immersive Jewish experiences. Experienced educators help children learn and gain independence. Children flourish in the highly rated program, featuring an outdoor garden and play areas. Summer Playland Day Camp offers children ages 3 and 4 activities including swimming, arts and music. Half-day and full-day options. 26001 South Woodland Road, Beachwood, 216-831-0700 ext. 1375,  

Celebrating 50 years of providing excellence in Montessori Education and enriching the lives of more than 8,000 children. Montessori Children’s School 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, 

High quality early childhood programs for ages 3-5 at the University Circle and Ohio City campuses. Full and half day programs are available year-round with small classroom sizes and creative arts curriculum, dedicated to each child’s growth and development — socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. TMS is a five-star Step Up to Quality-rated program with local accreditations from Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Pre4CLE. Financial aid available to eligible families. Email: [email protected], 216-421-5806 ext. 160. Take a virtual tour today.

For nearly 100 years, Elms students have been encouraged to explore through play-based learning and hands-on activities. Pre-schoolers develop at a pace that matches their individual learning style. Their co-ed pre-school program is designed for 3 and 4-year-olds. Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction. On our 33-acre campus in West Akron students enjoy gardening, playground activities and urban farming. 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron, 330-836-9384,   

Do you desire for your child to be prepared spiritually, academically and socially for life? Imagine your child growing in their faith, academic and social skills because they are being equipped to excel by caring teachers that are focused on God’s presence. Imagine your child making a positive difference with the faith they have bolstered and the skills they have developed. At Redeemer Christian School, students become faith-based dream makers and world changers. 2141 5th St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-1280,

Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights is a vibrant co-ed school community for children ages 18 months through the 8th grade. Join us for an Admissions event or personal tour to explore Ruffing’s spacious classrooms and generous outdoor play and learning spaces, meet our Montessori-trained teachers and learn about Ruffing’s rigorous curriculum that prepares students to lead and excel academically in high school, college, and life. Visit to learn more. 3380 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-7571,

RUFFING MONTESSORI SCHOOL IN ROCKY RIVER Ruffing Montessori School, located in Rocky River, creates a warm, loving environment for children age 3 through eighth 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 Lori Coticchia at 440-333-2250 or [email protected]

Established in 1970, South Suburban Montessori School has created an intellectual environment that fosters empathetic, confident, courageous self-learners for five decades. The traditional Montessori method of education is designed to create a space for students to learn who they are, what they are capable of and how they can make a difference in their community and the world. In addition, the school offers music, art and Spanish, as well as small class sizes and a new, gorgeous, student-inspired outdoor learning environment. 4450 Oakes Road #7, Brecksville, 440-526-1966,

Spring Garden Waldorf School’s preschool is based on the understanding that young children learn primarily through imitation and play. Daily activities unfold in an unhurried, rhythmic way, giving the child a sense of security and consistency. Teachers focus on fostering the imagination and creativity through storytelling, music, outdoor play (in all seasons) and artistic activities. Early academic foundations are formed through these activities. 1791 S. Jacoby Road, Copley, 330-666-0574, 

St. Barnabas Catholic School is a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence ranging from Preschool through Eighth Grade. At St. Barnabas School we are a family, fostering lifelong relationships and a spirit of loyalty and pride. We are dedicated to the spiritual, academic, social, physical and emotional development of all students. 9200 Olde Eight Rd., Northfield, 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 ages 3 to 5. All classes taught by degreed teachers.500 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-9107, 

Valley Christian Academy is a private, Pre-K through eighth grade school in Aurora, Ohio. VCA offers a Christ-centered, loving environment and challenging academics. Its quiet and caring environment is home to enrichment programs, a one-of-a-kind STEAM strategy, extracurriculars and three Pre-K options! Schedule a visit! 330-562-8191,

WEST SHORE MONTESSORI SCHOOL The mission of Westshore Montessori School is to provide an authentic Montessori learning environment where every child may establish a lasting foundation for achieving their full potential in learning and in life. The beautiful, inviting and thoughtfully arranged environments have always embodied each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach, and now our school is fastidiously taking every precaution to ensure our children stay safe. To begin building your child’s foundation, contact us at 440-899-7911 or  


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