The greater Cleveland/Akron area is home to many options when it comes to preschools and daycares. Check out the following list of programs to find the right fit for your child — and family.
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. 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, thecentersohio.org
CLEVELAND MONTESSORI SCHOOL
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 Admissions Director Kate Wright for information. 12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-0700, clevelandmontessori.org
HANNA PERKINS SCHOOL
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, hannaperkins.org
HAWKEN SCHOOL 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 being accepted for 2021-22. Applicants must be 18 months by September 30. For more information, visit hawken.edu.
MANDEL JCC PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERCARE
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 and nurturing educators help children learn and gain independence. Children flourish in the highly rated program, featuring an outdoor garden and play areas. Half-day and full-day options available for 3 and 4-year-olds. Lower child-to-staff ratio than state mandates. 26001 South Woodland Road, Beachwood, 216-831-0700 ext. 1375, mandeljcc.org/preschool, [email protected]
SCHOOL OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
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 three 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. 23599 Cedar Road, Beachwood, 216-381-8388, ms-uh.org
RUFFING MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights is a vibrant co-ed school community for children ages 18 months through eighth grade. Join an admissions event or personal tour to explore Ruffing’s spacious classrooms and generous outdoor play and learning spaces, meet the 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 ruffingmontessori.net to learn more.
ST. BARNABAS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
St. Barnabas Catholic School is a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence ranging from preschool through eighth grade. Our preschool and full-day pre-K provides many options for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. We offer before and after care in our Early Learning Center as well as summer child care for enrolled students. The school is dedicated to the spiritual, academic, physical and emotional development of all students. Apply today for the 2021-2022 school year! 9200 Olde Eight Rd., Northfield, 330-467-7921, sbcatholicschool.com
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH’S EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER
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. Visit saintjoe.org/preschool or call 330-928-2151 for more information.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH SCHOOL
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 four years old. We integrate our rich faith, academic excellence and state STEM designation into our curriculum to prepare children for personal and academic success. 17 South Maple Street, Akron, 330-762-5912, stvincentelementary.com
SOUTH SUBURBAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL
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, ssmsmontessori.net