PRE4CLE partners with Cleveland preschool programs to help them provide high-quality programs that prepare Cleveland’s children for success in both kindergarten and life.

We connect preschool programs to technical and financial assistance, helping them to:

  • Implement a research-based curriculum
  • Expand their programs
  • Purchase new classroom tools
  • Offer professional development to their teachers and staff
  • Provide marketing assistance to spread the word in the community about their programs.


To be a PRE4CLE Provider, your program needs to be located in the city of Cleveland and:


More than 100 preschool programs have already committed to being part of PRE4CLE. These programs serve more than 4,000 children in high-quality preschool classrooms across the city. They include child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start programs, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District preschool classrooms.

These preschool programs form the Provider Advisory Committee for PRE4CLE and help implement the Plan, including quality improvement in preschool classrooms, family engagement, and recruitment strategies to attract families to high-quality programs and ensure children make the most of their preschool experience.


PRE4CLE Providers meet high-quality standards and are located throughout Cleveland.


Artemus Ward

Puritas Head Start

Robinson G. Jones

Broadway-Slavic Village

Mound STEM

Villa Head Start

Warner Girls' Leadership Academy


Brooklyn Centre

Corrina Bryant


Maribel Guerra

Buckeye-Shaker Square

Buckeye Head Start

Fundamentals Early Childhood Development Academy



East End Individual Learning Center

Harvey Rice


Bingham Early Learning Center

Dike School of the Arts

The Early Childhood Center at Arbor Park

George Washington Carver

King Kennedy Head Start

Marion Sterling

Outhwaite Head Start

William Patrick Day Head Start

YWCA of Greater Cleveland


Market Square Horizon Education Center



East Clark

Hanna Gibbons

Intergenerational Child Care

Kenneth W. Clement Boys' Leadership Academy


Marion C. Selzer

Willard Child Development Center

Detroit Shoreway

Gordon Square Early Learning Center

Joseph Gallagher

St. Augustine Manor Child Enrichment Center



Cleveland Fed Kids


Carl B. Stokes Head Start

Euclid Park




Brightside Academy

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Glenville Early Learning Center


Mary M. Bethune

Murtis Taylor at Kathryn R. Tyler Center

Patrick Henry

Wade Early Learning Center

Goodrich-Kirtland Park



Daniel E. Morgan

Lexington Bell Early Childhood Center

Mary B. Martin

Wade Park




Wilson's Home Daycare


Clara E. Westropp

Douglas MacArthur

Newton D. Baker School of the Arts


Riverside Head Start

Valley View Boys' Leadership Academy

West Park Discovery World


Anton Grdina

Rainbow Terrace Head Start


Adlai Stevenson

Charles W. Eliot

Louis Stokes Head Start

Mount Pleasant

Andrew J. Rickoff

Brightside Academy

Murtis Taylor Child Enrichment Program

Sister J's Child Enrichment Program

North Shore Collinwood

A Jubilee Academy


Oliver H. Perry

Ohio City

Lakeview Terrace Head Start

Orchard STEM

Paul Dunbar

Urban Community School

Old Brooklyn

Benjamin Franklin

Charles Mooney

Old Brooklyn Horizon Education Center

Weekare Day Care

William Cullen Bryant

St. Clair-Superior

St. Phillip Neri Head Start

St. Thomas Aquinas Head Start




Salvation Army Ohio City

Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy



Horizon Child Development Center

Luis Munoz Marin

Merrick House


Tremont Montessori


Chapelside Academy

Charles Dickens


Miles Park

Robert Jamison

Union Miles Head Start


The Music Settlement

West Boulevard


Louis Agassiz

St. Ignatius Head Start

Wilbur Wright

“PRE4CLE is a great community partnership, providing access to high-quality preschool that will prepare Cleveland’s children to face a future in a changing and global world.” –Dave Smith, Executive Director, Horizon Education Centers


Step Up To Quality is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Step Up To Quality recognizes and promotes early learning programs that meet quality standards that go beyond what is required for licensing and are based on national research identifying practices that lead to improved outcomes for children.

  1. Learning and Development
  2. Administrative and Leadership Practices
  3. Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
  4. Family and Community Partnerships.

to improve their performance in the four areas, so programs can obtain or improve their Step Up To Quality ratings.

To learn more about SUTQ, contact the SUTQ Coordinator at Starting Point at 216.575.0061. Starting Point can provide training and technical assistance to acquire, maintain, increase, and renew your star rating.


PRE4CLE is focused on connecting preschool providers with the resources and tools they need to meet high-quality standards. Please use the resources and contact us to get started on your journey to quality.


  • PRE4CLE Provider Newsletter

    Stay connected with PRE4CLE. Sign up for the email newsletter for providers and view past issues.

  • Professional Development Resources

    Through our partner – Starting Point – providers can participate in professional development to help teachers and staff increase their knowledge and proficiency in working with children. Starting Point offers:

    Workshops and training classes on hundreds of topics

    A Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Preparation Training program

    Ohio approved training

    On-site technical support to reinforce learning

  • Step Up to Quality

    Step Up To Quality is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Step Up to Quality recognizes and promotes early learning programs that meet quality standards that go beyond what is required for licensing. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.

    Programs in Step Up to Quality serving publicly-funded children in ODJFS-licensed settings also receive additional financial support through increased child care reimbursement and quality achievement awards.

    The Step Up To Quality Program Standards include four areas: Learning and Development, Administrative and Leadership Practices, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, and Family and Community Partnerships.

    PRE4CLE connect providers to resources to improve their performance in the four areas, so programs can obtain or improve their Step Up to Quality ratings.

    To learn more about SUTQ, contact the SUTQ Coordinator, Karla Martin at Starting Point at (216) 575-0061. Starting Point can provide training and technical assistance to acquire, maintain, increase, and renew your star-rating.


  • 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.


  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

  • Teacher Education Resources

    Teachers who hold degrees are an integral part of high-quality preschool programs. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO scholarship provides support to teachers as they work to earn their Associate or Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.

    T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO is a compensation and retention program for child care professionals. Active in 23 states, T.E.A.C.H is designed to address education, compensation and turnover issues that affect the early childhood field. Assistance is available for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses. Please follow the link for a video about T.E.A.C.H. (“Who’s at School Today?”)

    Professionals and programs participate in T.E.A.C.H. OHIO by partnering in the professional’s goal, fiscal responsibility, and retention. The Program commits to provide higher pay each year to their employees that earn credentials or college credit toward early childhood education degrees. Professionals commit to stay working at their programs while in school and for a period of time afterward.

    Scholarships are available for early childhood professionals who want to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Associate degree in early childhood education or child development. Bachelor Degree opportunities are available on a very limited basis by region of the state and number offered.

    T.E.A.C.H. scholarships require the participation of a sponsoring program (unless you are a Type B professional). Information is available for those interested in becoming a sponsor.

    For more information about T.E.A.C.H. you can contact Starting Point at (216) 575-0061 or contact the T.E.A.C.H. office directly at 1-877-547-6978 ext. 304 or email

    Starting Point hosts T.E.A.C.H. information sessions on a periodic basis which are published in the Starting Point Quarterly Training Calendar.

  • PNC Grow Up Great

    Through PNC Grow Up Great, PNC has been a consistent voice for the importance of quality early childhood education — awarding grants, championing the cause, supporting the creation of educational resources, and volunteering. Visit the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center for ideas for your classroom.

  • ideastream

    ideastream is a non-profit organization that applies the power of media to education, culture and citizenship. It includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV 104.9, educational and public service cable channels, broadband interactive video distance learning, the Internet and other interactive media. ideastream offers professional development programs to educators in Cleveland through its education department.

  • 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

      Download Talk, Read, Sing.


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