Early Childhood | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Early Childhood

Strong families equal successful children and a strong community


Division of Early Childhood

Cove Community Center
12525 Lake Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
(216) 529-5018
Fax: (216) 521-1376
echildhood@lakewoodoh.net


Lakewood is proud to have a wide variety of high-quality childcare and educational opportunities in our city. The Lakewood Early Childhood Professionals Consortium brings the leaders of those programs together on a monthly basis to share information, advocate for educational and legislative agendas and support one another. Residents may contact the Early Childhood division for information about the various programs available to find the one that works best for their family. A list of Lakewood centers and preschools can be found here.

If your family has lived in Lakewood for at least six months, you may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for childcare. You must use a licensed Lakewood center or in-home provider as well as meet HUD low-moderate income guidelines.

Lakewood CDBG Childcare Scholarship

  • For families with children in all day or before/after school care
  • Family must live in Lakewood for at least 6 months
  • Must use a licensed Lakewood child care provider (includes licensed home care providers)
  • Family gross household income must be considered low-moderate income under HUD guidelines (up to $60,800 for a family of 4)
  • Pays 50% of the daily cost
  • Click here for the application form.

Call the office at 216-529-5018 or email Jessica.parker@lakewoodoh.net with any questions. Applications and supporting documentation may be faxed to 216-521-1376, emailed to Jessica.parker@lakewoodoh.net or mailed to the office at 12400 Madison Avenue, #102.

The Division of Early Childhood remains committed to eliminating lead poisoning through the Lead Safe Lakewood initiative. All children under 5 years old should be tested for lead. You can find more information at by clicking here or by calling 216-529-5018.


Click here for an Early Childhood
COVID-19 Resource List .


 

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Tue 05

Drop In & Play Mornings at Cove Park

July 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 06
Thu 07

Drop In & Play Mornings at Cove Park

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 08

Learn Thru Play

July 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Mon 11
  • Lakewood Family Room Programs+-

    The Lakewood Family Room is a program from Lakewood’s Department of Human Services. All programs are free to Lakewood residents. We welcome parents, grandparents, nannies, and any other caregiver with their children aged birth to 8. Adults must stay with their child at all times. Programs are facilitated by an Early Childhood educator and volunteer staff. Participants are expected to adhere to current COVID-19 federal, state and local guidelines and health orders.

     

    Lakewood Family Room Summer 2022
    June 1 – September 2

    Drop In & Play Evenings at Cove Community Center
    Mondays 4 – 7 PM

    Have you felt left out because you can’t attend our morning programming? Here’s your chance. Monday evenings the Family Room will be open for family play and connection. Weather permitting, we will play outside on the lawn of the Cove Community Center. You’ll find something to do for children birth to 8. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for special events including parent education, PJ story times, service projects, and intergenerational programs.

     Drop In & Play Mornings at Cove Park
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – Noon

    Let’s play outside! Join us at Cove Park for a morning of fun. We will have special outside activities like chalk, bubbles and water play along with balls, hula hoops and big trucks. There will also be tabletop activities. Dress for a mess whether you’ll be climbing at the playground or creating art. All ages welcome. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for special events like story times with Miss Emily and her Book Bike.

     New Parent & Lactation Support (Cove Community Center)
    Wednesdays 10 -11:30 AM

    Do you have a new baby at home? Kristen Bindel, Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor, facilitates this group for those with babies under the age of one. Meet other new parents, share advice, and get hands on lactation support in a friendly and comfortable environment.

    Learn Thru Play (Cove Community Center)
    Fridays 9:30 – 11 AM

    Ms. Brenda brings engaging, easy to replicate, FUN activities to do with your child to the Family Room on Friday mornings. Pre-literacy, math, science, and art stations centered around a rotating, monthly theme will fill our space. Explore the activities with your child birth to 5 and find new ways to learn through play time.

    First Saturdays (June 4, July 2 and August 6 Cove Community Center)
    First Saturday of the month 11 AM – 1 PM

    On the first Saturday of the month the Family Room will be open for family play and connection. You’ll find something to do for children birth to 8. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for special events including parent education, PJ story times, service projects, and intergenerational programs.

    Call 216-529-5018 for more information or email jessica.parker@lakewoodoh.net.

    Cove Community Center is located at the corner of Cove and Clifton.

    Cove Park is just North of the train tracks on Cove.

    *** The Lakewood Family Room is a program from the City of Lakewood’s Department of Human Services. The Family Room is closed on all city holidays including Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. ***

  • Early Childhood Childcare Scholarship+-

    Are you a parent who is working or in school? Struggling with the cost of childcare, but don’t qualify to receive county assistance? Have you been a resident of Lakewood for at least one year?

    The City of Lakewood Childcare Scholarship Assistance program is designed to help qualified families with a percentage of the daily cost of childcare for Lakewood children, within Lakewood city limits. Scholarships are based on a sliding fee scale depending on household income. The family must choose a licensed childcare center OR Lakewood USDA Family Childcare Home provider in Lakewood for service. Eligibility and progress are reviewed annually.

    Applications are available online or by calling 216-529-5018. Return application along with local and federal tax returns, proof of current income and work/school schedule to the Division of Early Childhood at 12400 Madison Avenue, by fax to 216-521-1376 or by email to echildhood@lakewoodoh.net.

    Scholarship funds are provided by a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Lakewood and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    To download a Early Childhood Scholarship Application, click here.

  • Lakewood Childcare Providers and Preschool Programs+-

    Take a look at the childcare providers and preschool programs in Lakewood. Check back; this list is updated regularly.

  • Before and After School Care Providers+-

    EMERSON

    • Family Life on-site
    • Kids Advancing Academy transports to center

    GRANT

    • YMCA on-site
    • Kids Advancing Academy to center 

    HARRISON

    • Family Life on-site

    HAYES

    • YMCA on-site
    • Lakewood Child Care Center transports to center
    • Kids Advancing Academy transports to center

    HORACE MANN

    • St. Peter’s Child Care Center on-site
    • Brownstone walks to center
    • Lakewood YMCA transports to Grant 

    LINCOLN

    • Lakewood Community Care Center on-site
    • Lakewood YMCA transports to Grant 

    ROOSEVELT

    • YMCA on-site
    • Kids Advancing Academy transports to center
  • Lakewood Early Childhood Professionals+-

    Lakewood Early Childhood Professional Consortium represents the leadership of Lakewood child day care centers, private preschool programs, Head Start Programs, Lakewood City Schools, Public Prekindergarten and Special Education preschool programs, family childcare homes and the City of Lakewood, Department of Human Services, Division of Early Childhood.

    The Directors of these programs have been meeting monthly for over fifteen years. This professional organization is committed to quality Early Childhood educational experiences and family support practices.

    They continue to respond to the needs of children and family in a changing world, foremost considering the welfare of our children. They serve as advocates for not only educational issues, but also legislative agendas, which impact young children and their families.

    If you would like more information or are interested in joining the group, please contact echildhood@lakewoodoh.net or call 216-529-5018.

  • Contact us+-

    Division of Early Childhood

    12400 Madison Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 529-5018

    Fax: (216) 521-1376

  • Early Childhood Downloads+-

  • The Lakewood Foundation+-

    The Lakewood Foundation is a private, not for profit, community based organization. The Lakewood Foundation enhances the lives of Lakewood residents by serving as the fiscal agent for service groups and city departments. The trustees of the Lakewood Foundation supervise and support special projects they believe will further the well being of the Lakewood community. The Lakewood Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Lakewood Family Room. Monetary donations to the Lakewood Family Room can be made through the Foundation’s website or by check payable to the Lakewood Foundation.

  • Early Childhood FAQs+-

    Division of Early Childhood – (216) 529-5018

    Q:        What does the Division of Early Childhood offer? 

    A:        The Division of Early Childhood offers a wide variety of support, education and community building programs and services for those residents raising or caring for our young children birth through age five. 

    Q:       I am looking for childcare, where do I go? 

    A:       Please contact: Division of Early Childhood (216) 529-5018 or you can access the listing by clicking here  or contact: Starting Point – www.startingpoint

    Q:       I have questions about staff/child ratios in childcare centers? 

    A:        Please contact: Division of Early Childhood (216) 529-5018 or you can access the listing by clicking here or contact: Child Care Licensing (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services) (877) 302-2347. 

    Q:       I am new to Lakewood and looking for things to do with my young family? 

    A:       Please contact: Division of Early Childhood (216) 529-5018 or you can access the listing by clicking here or contact: Lakewood Early Childhood PTA- http://www.lecpta.com/ 

    Frequently Asked For Phone Numbers

    • Cuyahoga County Childcare Assistance for Working Families (216) 987-6929.
    • Starting Point Resource and Referral (216) 575-0061.
    • Lakewood Community Service Center (216) 226-6466.
    • Lakewood City Schools (216) 529-4000.
    • Lakewood Recreation Department (216) 529-4081.
    • Child Care Licensing (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services)
    • (1-877) 302-2347.
    • Any concerns related to child abuse/neglect, please report to (216) 696-KIDS (5437)
  • Lead Safety & Prevention+-

    Click here for information about Lead Safety & Prevention.