Good child care is more than babysitting. It’s gently guiding children as they learn about themselves and the world around them. It’s helping them master the skills and lessons of everyday life. It’s nurturing their fast-growing minds and carefully handling the challenges of behavior, sickness and relationships—so they will grow into healthy, responsible and productive adults. That’s why Starting Point has put together a wealth of resources to help families choose the best care for their children.

Good Child Care Book

This book helps you choose a quality program. You’ll find information on different kinds of early childhood programs, what to look for, questions to ask, what you should know about child care tax credits, regulations, subsidies and more. It’s free when you call our Parent Hot Line. Or access it online by clicking on a link below:

Good Child Care Book
Interview Checklist for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes
Interview Checklist for In-Home Child Care
Child Care Tax Credits
Child Care Subsidies
Government Regulations for Child Care Centers or Child Care Homes

Step Up to Quality

Is a voluntary State of Ohio rating system that awards one to five stars to licensed early care and education programs that achieve incremental levels of quality. Look for signage identifying SUTQ-rated centers and family child care homes. For more information, log onto

Care for Kids/Care for Kids Gold Seal Homes

This Starting Point program rewards quality family child care homes with Care for Kids certificates; those with high quality standards are designated Care for Kids Gold Seal Homes.


Accredited child care centers or family child care homes undergo a rigorous examination of their practices, staff and activities and must achieve the high national standards of quality established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for centers, or the National Association of Family Child Care Homes (NAFCC). Click on the organization name for more information. Care For Kids, Care for Kids Gold Seal Homes These credentials go to family child care homes whose caregivers are trained in child development and age-appropriate activities, passed tests of quality care and are evaluated. Look for Care for Kids certificates signifying well-trained providers and Care for Kids Gold Seals of Excellence for those meeting high standards.

Child Care Food Program

Facilities that participate in the federally funded Child Care Food Program must meet USDA nutrition requirements for meals and snacks.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

You’ll find high quality, affordable Universal pre-Kindergarten at many sites in Cuyahoga County. Starting Point provides professional and support services to this Invest in Children initiative. For a list of sites, log onto http://investin children.cuyahoga county,us/pdf_investchildren/en-US/PrekindergartenSites.pdf

March into Kindergarten.


To ensure a smooth transition from your preschool child into kindergarten, we recommend that you register as early as March. Doing so allows the school to get to know your child’s strengths and needs and be well-prepared. For more information, log onto

Call the Starting Point Parent Hot Line for information on these programs: 216-575-0061, 800-880-0971 (toll-free) or 800-75-0750 (TTY).