Searching for the best day care for children can be a daunting task for any parent. Here are five of the best options in the Cleveland area with offerings for kids two weeks to 12 years old. These centers offer special educational, physical, emotional and social development for children before heading off to school.

Old Oaks & Little Acorns Child Care and Learning Center
7575 Old Oak Blvd.
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
(440) 243-7030

Since 2006, Old Oaks & Little Acorns Child Care and Learning Center has been offering children a wonderful day care experience. Well equipped with a 3,400-square-foot classroom, a playground and field, full-size gym, computer center and picnic pavilion all at the location in Middleburg Heights, your child can expect a well-rounded experience. Old Oaks & Little Acorns Child Care and Learning Center is licensed and insured and prepared to take care of children two weeks old to 12 years old. It offers a hot lunch and two snacks and opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Solon Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care
32800 Solon Road
Solon, OH 44139
(440) 248-3100

Founded in 1968 by a mother, Joan Wenk, and her friend, Shirley Jeric, when finding quality child care for Wenk’s own children proved difficult, Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care looks to help develop the whole child. Starting from day care up to first grade, Creative Playrooms offers care that stimulates the physical, social, emotional intellectual and psychological development of each child. It offers flexible schedules to help work with your busy schedules and now has several locations in the Cleveland area including Solon, Parma, Strongsville, Westlake, Stowe, Maple Heights and Independence. Parents can rest assured that their children will receive well-rounded, quality care at Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care.

Lyndhurst KinderCare
5684 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
(440) 442-8067

Lyndhurst KinderCare provides children with several programs that will best serve their development from six weeks to 12 years old. The teachers at KinderCare all have training, ranging from Child Development Associate Credentials to Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, and have continuing professional development trainings offered to them twice a year. Development programs include learning through play for infants, learning through experiences for toddlers, discovery preschool with early education fundamentals for two- to three-year-olds, preschool problem solving, early reading, math, science, social studies and physical activities for three- to four-year-olds and pre-kindergarten learning in a more organized atmosphere. This gets the children well prepared for school. There are even special enrichment programs that include such activities as cooking, math, music and even Spanish.

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Early Steps Learning Center
27027 Chardon Road
Richmond Hights, OH 44143
(440) 944-2223

The Early Steps Learning Center in Richmond Heights has received a star rating from the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services. This means that it has great child-to-teacher ratios and that its teachers have more quality training to better teach and care for the children at its center. Early Steps Learning Center works with customized programs for children three months to five years old. It offers some special classes including Spanish language lessons and sign language. Early Steps Learning Center understands that today’s working parents often have to work on the weekends and offers Saturday drop-in care for the children.

The Mary W. Butler Day Care Center at Merrick House
1050 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 771-5077

A positive social environment is encouraged at The Mary W. Butler Day Care Center at Merrick House where everyone is taught to treat each other with respect, warmth, helpfulness, kindness and especially acceptance of each other’s differences. This facility has a star rating from the Ohio Step-Up to Quality Center and offers two healthy meals to the children throughout the day. Beyond educational, social and physical programs, it offers special programming for children with The Beck Center for the Arts, The Cleveland Institute of Music and Tremont Trek. Scholarships may be available for children of families at or below 400 percent of poverty level.

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