About Starting Point


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Starting Point for child care and early education is Northeast Ohio's child care and early education resource and referral agency, serving families, early childhood professionals and the community.

Formed in 1990 on the recommendation of the landmark Cuyahoga County public-private initiative, the Child Day Care Planning Project, Starting Point works to:

  •  Link families with child care services
  •  Increase the supply of child care
  •  Improve the quality of child care
  •  Stimulate early education alternatives
  •  Plan child care and early education initiatives
  •  Address child care and early education issues

The agency serves Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties.

Key Contacts
Phone: 216-575-0061   (toll-free: 800-880-0971)

Billie Osborne Fears, Executive Director
Debbie Fodge, Assistant Director
Cynthia Fareed, Quality Enhancement Director
Joyce Bresler, Early Childhood Resource Director
William Goodrich, Family Child Care Homes Director
Carol Reed, Resource and Referral Director
Ruby Tate, Operations Manager
Donna Skaggs, Resource and Referral Coordinator, Ashtabula County
Betsy Griffin, Resource and Referral Coordinator, Geauga County
Cathy Zeller, Resource and Referral Coordinator, Lake County

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