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High-quality preschools have openings for 2015-2016 school year


(Plain Press, September 2015) There is good news for families in Cleveland who wish to send their 3- or-4-year-old preschoolers to a high-quality program this school year. According to PRE4CLE, Cleveland’s high-quality preschool expansion plan, private preschools and Cleveland Metropolitan School District classrooms that partner with PRE4CLE have openings for the 2015-2016 school year in many Cleveland neighborhoods.

Preschools that partner with PRE4CLE are high-quality programs, meaning they have at least three out of five stars from Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Rating systems, or are in the process of obtaining that rating. High-quality preschool programs offer: environments that are fun, welcoming, safe and caring; staff and teachers who are well-trained and professional; curriculum based in research with lesson plans for each day’s activities; educational activities to prepare your child for kindergarten; creative and imaginative play to inspire a lifelong love of learning; and information about your child’s learning and progress.

“High-quality preschool programs help prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and give them the tools to be successful students throughout their school careers,” said Katie Kelly, PRE4CLE director.

Many of these programs also offer free or low-cost services to parents who qualify.

High-quality preschools in areas served by the Plain Press that have openings for the 2015-2016 school year are listed below, by neighborhood. Families wishing to enroll their children in a Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) preschool should call CMSD’s Office of Early Childhood Education at 216-838-0231. Families wishing to enroll in a private preschool, or who need information about financial assistance and how to enroll, should call Starting Point at 216-575-0061.

High-Quality Preschools with Openings


Bellaire Head Start

Puritas Head Start


Williard Head Start

Marion Seltzer Elementary School


Gordon Square Early Learning Center

St. Augustine Manner Child Enrichment Center


Cleveland Fed Kids


Orchard School of Science

Ohio City Early Learning Center


The Salvation Army Ohio City

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School


Tremont Montessori School

Merrick House

Horizon Child Development Center


St. Ignatius Head Start

Please note that while information provided is current as of Monday, August 24th, openings are filled on a rolling basis and availability is subject to change.

About PRE4CLE: PRE4CLE is a plan to ensure all 3-and-4-year-old children in Cleveland have access to high-quality preschool. PRE4CLE is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools and is led by the Cleveland Early Childhood Compact. For more information, visit

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