High-quality preschools are located throughout the city of Cleveland, and finding one that is right for your child is easy. Use our calculator or search through our map to get started!
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Early experiences affect the architecture of a child’s brain, building a strong foundation for Cleveland’s kids. By the age of 5, your child’s brain is already 90% developed. Research shows that children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs are more likely to:
School readiness starts well before children enter the door to kindergarten. By enrolling your 3- or 4-year-old in a high-quality preschool program, you are providing them with the tools and fundamentals needed to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.
Every PRE4CLE preschool is made up of six high-quality elements.
that are fun, welcoming, safe and caring
to inspire a lifelong love of learning
to prepare your child for kindergarten
that is based in research
who are well-trained and professional
about your child's learning and progress
PRE4CLE partners with high-quality preschool providers in schools, Head Start programs, child care centers, and child care homes. You can begin the process of finding and enrolling your child in a 3-, 4- or 5-star rated preschool program by calling Starting Point at 216-575-0061. PRE4CLE also offers these tools to help get you started:
DOWNLOAD OUR TOOLKIT
Download our toolkit to help you enroll your child.
USE OUR ELIGIBILITY CALCULATOR
Explore programs you may be eligible for and find the right provider using our eligibility calculator.
Visit Starting Point, Northeast Ohio’s child care, early education and out-of-school time resource and referral agency or call them at 216-575-0061. You can also visit Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children, a community-wide partnership working to increase the development, funding, visibility and impact of early childhood services in the county.
The PRE4CLE Recruitment Team will be at events throughout the city to talk to families and answer questions about finding high-quality preschools. Check our list to find an event near you!
This resource was developed to serve as a checklist for preschool quality and for parents to join our mailing list. Download Parent Card.
Our partner Starting Point helps you find the right early childhood and out-of-school time option for your child.
Invest in Children is a community-wide, public-private partnership administered by the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood. The Partnership is comprised of individuals, private organizations, including government agencies, community-based service providers, and philanthropic and private organizations, all working together to help increase the development, funding, visibility and impact of early childhood services in Cuyahoga County.
Research shows that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops within the first 2,000 days of life.
Through a better understanding of early childhood development and learning, 2,000 Days helps families understand ways to prepare their child for greater success in school and life.
ReadyRosie is an online parent engagement tool, created to give parents and guardians easy ideas of how to better engage their young children.
At this time, ReadyRosie is only available to families who have a child enrolled at one of the 34 preschools in Cuyahoga County Invest in Children’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. You can find out more about Invest in Children’s ReadyRosie program here and register at readyrosie.com/register.
Help Me Grow is a statewide program for expectant parents, infants, and toddlers that provides health and developmental services so that children start school healthy and ready to learn. Services are designed with the family’s priorities and goals in mind. Participating in Help Me Grow services is voluntary and at no cost to families. Help Me Grow supports expectant parents and families through Home Visiting,Early Intervention services, and connections to community resources.
Cuyahoga Job and Family Services works to promote economic self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for families by providing a broad range of quality services, including the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps you pay a portion of your child care expenses each month. Eligibility is based on income and household size. The Child Care Assistance Program gives you the flexibility to choose a child care center, child care home, or care by a relative or other adult based on your family’s individual needs. And that helps you stay on the job, provide care for your children and save money.
2-1-1 is a free community service you can use to get information about social, health and government resources 24 hours a day, every day. Simply dial 2-1-1 or browse our online directory below to find the resources you need.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District envisions 21st Century Schools of Choice where students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles, program preferences and academic capabilities of each student, while utilizing the highest quality professional educators, administrators and support staff available.
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing a portfolio of quality district and charter schools. The Alliance works to ensure every child in Cleveland can attend a quality school, and every neighborhood has great schools from which families can choose.
Early learning resources and information from the Ohio Department of Education.
Early childhood resources and information from all of Ohio’s governance and administrative structures that oversee, implement and coordinate state–funded or state–administered early childhood programs and services for children and their families.
The Family and Children First Council is your connection to people, programs, and ideas to help families be their best. On the Council, parents and community members join specialists from every county agency that serves children to talk to each other, share resources, advance new ideas, and bring people together to make lasting progress for kids and families in Cuyahoga County. They also have resources for children of all ages.
The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative (CCFI) seeks to strengthen families in our community by encouraging fathers to play a more active role in nurturing and raising their children. The Initiative responds to escalating social concerns regarding “father absence” by providing fathers with access to services designed to prepare them to better meet the emotional, psychological, and financial needs of their children. The CCFI also seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of father involvement.
The Cleveland Public Library has great resources, activities, and events for kids of all ages.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers resources, information, and events for kids and parents.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland was first established in 1981 by a coalition of parents, educators and civic leaders. Over the past two decades, the Museum has evolved from merely providing outreach programs and one traveling exhibit, to being known as the only cultural and educational resource completely dedicated to young children in the Cleveland area.
The Cleveland Metroparks offers activities and events for kids and families throughout the Cleveland area.
PNC Grow Up Great and PNC Crezca con Éxito form a $350 million program dedicated to helping prepare America’s youngest children for great things in school and life.
PBS Kids offers interactive games and activities featuring favorite characters from PBS Kids shows.
Northeast Ohio Family Fun is for parents, grandparents, and families who want to know more about the family-friendly events, attractions, and businesses in Northeast Ohio.
Best Apps for Kids reviews apps and sorts them by age and category.
A language rich environment is one in which children are surrounded by talking, singing, and reading and have many opportunities throughout their day, across all activities, to communicate with others and engage in back-and-forth conversations. Research shows that some young children are exposed to more language in their homes, early learning programs, and school settings, than other children. This difference in the number of words and back-and-forth conversations to which children are exposed is called the “word gap”. This document includes tips that you can use to help bridge the word gap by enriching the language environment of all young children in your care, including children who do not speak yet, children with disabilities or delays, and children who are learning more than one language.
Learn more at talkingisteaching.org.