FIND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

Looking for a child care/early education program, preschool, universal pre-kindergarten, family child care home or a nanny agency? Call Starting Point’s free Parent Hot Line at 216.575.0061, 800.880.0971 (toll-free) or TTY 800.750.0750 We'll answer your questions and send you our Good Child Care Book, chock full of helpful information. Or you can search for early childhood programs online.

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CHOOSE QUALITY

You want your child to get the best care. We’ll give you information on how to choose a quality early education program. Call our Parent Hotline or go online for information and tips on choosing the right program, interviewing providers and everything you need to know about child care regulations, tax credits, subsidies and scholarships.

GET HELP WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

If your young child has developmental, health, physical, social-emotional or behavioral challenges, contact Starting Point’s Special Needs Child Care Program at 216.575.0061 or email constance.walker@starting-point.org. We’ll help you find the right child care program, make sure you have the needed classroom equipment and activities; and we’ll work with you and your early childhood teacher to address challenges.

FIND OUT-OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

If you’re looking for after-school, out-of-school time or summer camp programs, contact a Starting Point Resource and Referral Specialist at 216.575.061, 800.880.0971 (toll-free) or TTY 800.750.0750. Online you’ll find our web listings of arts and culture activities for children under www.smartculturesource.org. If you want constructive options for your teen, check out the activities we offer in Parma, Shaker Heights and several Cleveland neighborhoods, through MyCom, a special initiative targeting Cuyahoga County youth.

In cooperation with Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children Initiative.

In cooperation with the Cuyahoga County Families and Children First Council and the Cleveland Foundation.


WHAT'S NEW

QUALITY RATINGS

You’ll find high quality early education programs identified as State of Ohio Step Up to Quality star-rated programs; NAEYC (centers) or NAFCC (family day care homes) accredited programs and Starting Point’s Care for Kids and Care for Kids’ Gold Star family child care homes. These programs have met or exceeded rigorous staff training and quality child care requirements.

Ever wonder what makes boys tick?

You’ll find out in our new book Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Setting, published by Gryphon House. Discover how boys' brains work and how you can help them perform better. Purchase your copy here.

MAGIC HELPERS

Young children love this book that shows them how to be resilient in the face of life’s challenges. Its parent/teacher supplement Building Blocks shows you how to reinforce the book’s lessons in daily life. Order your set here.

UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN (UPK)

You’ll find high-quality, affordable Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs in Cuyahoga County through this Invest in Children initiative, with professional and support services provided by Starting Point. For a list of sites, log onto http://investinchildren.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_investinchildren/en-US/UPK%20Site%20Listing%203-5-14.pdf
ALERTS
  • March into Kindergarten.

    It's important to register your child early (we recommend March) for the next kindergarten year. This ensures a smooth transition and helps the school adequately prepare for and understand each child’s strengths and needs Go to.
    www.marchintokindergarten.com to find out more or call 211 for school district information.

    OHIO HOUSE BILL 11

    Requires child care providers to tell parents about any death or injury to a child in their care that required a hospital stay of over 24 hours.
    We need fathers, brothers and male friends to get involved in early childhood programs. Come and read books, talk about your jobs, help out, become a child care professional and explore our Men in Early Childhood network. E-mail constance.walker@starting-point.org
Call the Starting Point Parent Hot Line for information on these programs: 216.575.0061, 800.880.0971 (toll-free) or TTY 800.750.0750.