Quality Preschool. Close to home.

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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!

OUR ELIGIBILITY CALCULATOR

Fill out the form below to find out which preschool and childcare programs you may be eligible for. Your information will remain anonymous and will not be saved.

CALCULATE YOUR INCOME LEVEL

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services determines these guidlines.

Full or Part Time Employment, School, or Training includes the following:

Employment

Paid employment on a full-time or part-time basis

Basic Education Classes

High school or equivalent education, remedial high school education, adult basic literacy education (ABLE), or education for individuals with limited English proficiency

Post-Secondary Education

College classes, technical classes, or vocational classes that are part of a course of study leading to a degree, certificate, or a license and approved by a valid institution or organization

Vocational/Occupational Job Skills Training

Classroom job skills training, supervised on-the-job skills training, and refresher job skills training directly related to the individual’s employment goal and approved by a valid institution or organization

Full time is defined as 25 or more hours per week. Part time is defined as less than 25 hours per week.

WHY QUALITY MATTERS

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:

Have better-developed language and social skills when they get to kindergarten

Reach high school graduation.

Pursue college or vocational training programs, and have good careers as adults.

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.

When you see the PRE4CLE logo, you know that your child is learning in a safe and supportive environment, with well-trained, professional staff, and a research-based curriculum. PRE4CLE partners with programs that are rated at least three out of five stars by the state’s Step Up to Quality rating system.

WHAT IS QUALITY?

Every PRE4CLE preschool is made up of six high-quality elements.

ENVIRONMENTS

that are fun, welcoming, safe and caring

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CREATIVE & IMAGINATIVE PLAY

to inspire a lifelong love of learning

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EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

to prepare your child for kindergarten

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CURRICULUM

that is based in research

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STAFF AND TEACHERS

who are well-trained and professional

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FEEDBACK

about your child's learning and progress

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HOW TO ENROLL

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 visiting our enrollment page or 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.

Want more information on how to make the most out of your child’s preschool years?

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.

FAMILY RESOURCES

PRESCHOOL & COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • Preschool Enrollment Guide

    Our Preschool Enrollment Guide will help guide you through the process of finding and enrolling in a high-quality preschool. Download Preschool Enrollment Guide.

  • Enrollment Toolkit

    Download our enrollment toolkit to find a checklist of required documents and helpful resources to make enrolling your child in a high-quality preschool as easy as possible.

    Find a list of high-quality preschools with open seats here.

      Download Enrollment Toolkit.

  • Parent Information Card

    This resource was developed to serve as a checklist for preschool quality and for parents to join our mailing list. Download Parent Card.

  • Starting Point

    Our partner Starting Point helps you find the right early childhood and out-of-school time option for your child.

  • Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood & Invest in Children

    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.

  • 2,000 Days Pledge

    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.

    More information

  • Ready Rosie

    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

    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 County Job and Family Services

    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

    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.

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    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.

  • Cleveland Transformation Alliance

    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.

  • Ohio Department of Education-Early Childhood

    Early learning resources and information from the Ohio Department of Education.

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  • Early Childhood Ohio

    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.

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  • Family and Children First Council

    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

    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.

  • Family Connections

    The vision of Family Connections is to strengthen families with young children. Family Connections of Northeast Ohio has been helping families grow stronger together for over 35 years by providing parenting support and educational opportunities for families with children from birth through age 5. They offer year-round, free and low cost programs and services for families and children to learn and play together.

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EARLY LEARNING ACTIVITIES

  • INFOhio Early Learning Portal

    INFOhio Early Learning Portal is a collection of quality digital resources for early learners ages 3 to 5. From the Ohio Department of Education, this site contains more than 50 websites and apps chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy. Nearly all resources in the portal are available for free, with a few available for a minimal fee.

    The INFOhio Early Learning Portal helps preschool children:

    • Learn letters, numbers and basic knowledge;
    • Interact with other children and adults;
    • Engage in meaningful play; and
    • Develop focus and problem-solving skills.

    Each resource supports Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards for school readiness.

    Parents and educators also will find tips on appropriately integrating technology into a preschool child’s learning. Adults are encouraged to use the digital resources with children and participate when they play games, watch videos, or read and listen to e-books on a device.

     

  • CuyahogaKids.org

    CuyahogaKids.org is an online resource for families in Cuyahoga County with events for families and children, places to visit, classes, activities, and resources.

  • Cleveland Public Library

    The Cleveland Public Library has great resources, activities, and events for kids of all ages.

  • Cuyahoga County Public Library

    The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers resources, information, and events for kids and parents.

  • The Children's Museum of Cleveland

    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.

  • Cleveland Metroparks

    The Cleveland Metroparks offers activities and events for kids and families throughout the Cleveland area.

  • PNC Grow Up Great

    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

    PBS Kids offers interactive games and activities featuring favorite characters from PBS Kids shows.

  • PBS Parents

    PBS Parents is a resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access toeducational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.

  • Northeast Ohio Family Fun

    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.

  • Macaroni Kid

    Macaroni Kid is a local e-newsletter featuring events, activities, products, and places for kids and families.

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  • Best Apps for Kids

    Best Apps for Kids reviews apps and sorts them by age and category.

  • Talk, Read, Sing

    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.

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